A new year ahead…

…here we go into 2014 and I don’t know about you but I am feeling a little bit (just a little bit) optimistic about it. My eyesight seems to have settled down (at a much reduced level) and the eye is much less painful now I am not persisting with the ‘trial’ lens. A good idea I am sure but just didnt work for me. Moorfields have made me a new Scleral that is a bit more comfortable although the vision is poor. Still handy to pop it in now an again for odd jobs around the boat. Talking of which, Nutmeg is still afloat and I visited her the other day to fiddle about below decks. I have made an extended chimney flue for her charcoal heater and the Pansey Atkey is much more efficient now. Inca and I went aboard about 10:00 and I worked below, listening to R4 and drinking

Navionics Tide App

Navionics Tide App

coffee, and, of course, working away. About lunchtime I thought that Inca was due for a walkies and we popped onto the pontoon to make our way to the local park to find we had been marooned! Inca and I had never seen the tide this high, but the yard manager said that it was a good foot or so higher just before Christmas. Even so, pretty impressive.  I often marvel at the energy required to shift countless millions of gallons of water up and down the Blackwater twice a day. IMG_1483   The pontoons were not that far from the top of thier piles.

One hour before HW and rising.

One hour before HW and rising.

A bit more normal!

A bit more normal!

So, there we were marooned aboard.  Still many worse places one could get stuck I suppose.

Inca is adept at bladder control and as long as I plied him with the odd biccy, did not seem to mind too much.

There have been developments on the Leather website too.  Ben, my eldest son, is  a software developer and he and his wife spent Christmas with us.  The live in Pasadena in the USofA and it was great to see them.  Ben decided the Blackwater Leather site needed ‘sorting out’ and set to with a will.  In not time he had completly re-vamped the site.  If you are interested pop over to www.blackwaterleather.co.uk and let me know what you think of it.

High Springs in the Yard

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