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Lily Rose

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    Lily Rose
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  1. Ditto (more of less) Sea Dog's post. I have a Kidde near the stove and a Fire Angel in the bedroom (or vice-versa), both with displays, and open the stove in the morning to let the door cool down before cleaning and empty the tray while it is doing so. I always riddle and/or poke around with a poker AFTER emptying the tray and closing the door and then riddle/poke again but leave that ash in the pan for at least another hour or two before emptying it out. That seems to reduce the amount of CO given off as both alarms continue to read zero throughout. I know they work though as I have seen both register small amounts of CO in other situations and also sound the alarm when one of our batteries went into rotten egg mode as it died.
  2. 726 now so over 50 have been added since the OP. I'll have a look when I get home at the weekend but it will have to be good to get me to subscribe. I already subscribe to about two dozen (most, but not all, being canal-related) but Cruising The Cut is now the only one I try to keep up to date with.
  3. I see that Cruising The Cut has recently appeared on Amazon Prime, joining another long-time vlogger (Kevin) who now has 6 seasons of "Travels by Narrowboat" on there. Also, Robbie Cumming recently had a 5 episode series on BBC 4. Maybe there are others I'm not aware of as well. I guess there must be a number of vloggers now wondering if they have what it takes to make the breakthrough to terrestrial or streaming TV.
  4. It seems I've only managed 15.6% (assuming I'm using the relevant numerator and denominator). Hopefully that's acceptable but it looks like there's room for improvement!
  5. Luck of the draw. We moored one night (summer 2017) and the farmer came along about 9 next morning to collect his £5. Other folks report that no-one came calling. I guess it depends on whether he can be arsed on any given day or whether he has other more pressing priorities.
  6. I don't find keeping it alive a problem at all. It must be getting on for 3 years since I created my starter and it's still going strong. On several occasions I have split my starter across two small jars (a jam jar is plenty big enough if you only use 100g a time for an overnight prove) and then left one in the fridge at home and taken the other to the boat. When I get back home more than a month later the starter in the fridge doesn't look great (thick sludge at the bottom, grey alcoholic liquid on the top) but I just take it out, add a couple of teaspoons of water plus the same weight of flour and give it a good stir then leave it out to warm up to room temperature. After a few hours there is evidence of fermentation so I give it another feed and then within 12 to 24 hours it has doubled in size and is ready to use. Unless I know I will be making sourdough more than once in the following 3 days I keep it in the fridge all the time so I don't need to feed it (a little) more than once a fortnight, if that. When I know I'm going to be making sourdough again I take it out well in advance, preferably 24 hours but I've got away with much less, and start getting it active again with a small feed at first and then a larger one once I can see it has started fermenting again.
  7. Doesn't necessarily need to be particularly warm, it just takes longer the cooler it is. Longer proving times allegedly improve the flavour though I can't say I've noticed much difference. I mix up the dough before bedtime, with a very small amount of yeast (say 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon) or 100g of 50/50 starter, and then let it prove overnight at whatever temperature the boat happens to be. In the morning I give it a quick knead/knock back then put it into the tin for its final rise before cooking. How long this rise takes will depend on temperature. If the bread is needed for tea rather than lunch then I use the same method but mix it as soon as possible after I get up in the morning. If it looks like it won't be oven-ready by the time I need it to be then I'll do something to warm it up a bit. Lots of ways to do this including... Putting it in my electric oven at home on its defrost setting (very slightly warm). Warming up the microwave with a cup of boiling water and then put the bread in there. Putting the bread tin on a metal tray and standing it over a saucepan containing hot water. Not too hot though or the steam will start cooking the bottom of the loaf.
  8. Apart from a day boat a few months earlier, a week on Elan Valley was our first narrow boat experience too. It was September 2011 and we did Springwood Haven to Snarestone then down the Oxford about 5 or 6 miles and then back up to Atherstone. I don't remember it being particularly slow but I wasn't too keen on the layout. A huge covered catch area for such a short boat leaving the inside very cramped. Nevertheless it got us into narrow boating so it can't have been too bad.
  9. I watched last Sunday's Oxford Canal programme and couldn't help noticing that the green-fronted boat moored just in front of Tim and Pru's boat in Banbury was Lily Rose. We moored there in late April/early May twice (3 nights in total) and I saw a bit of filming (with no sign of the owners) as I walked past to go food shopping. At the time I didn't know it was their boat or what the filming was for. I was not there when they set off but saw them start to pass our boat when I watched the programme. They managed to avoid hitting Lily Rose. Which was nice.
  10. Indeed, I chatted with your daughter and son-in-law at Calcutt top lock as we were waiting to enter and go down and they told me they were heading towards The Folly.
  11. Just walked back there after our lunch stop, still there at 4pm in the same place with a large Armco gap to the next boat. Still someone onboard, going by the door being ajar, but whether it will move again anytime soon remains to be seen. Probably not if it has no working rudder. I can confirm it is wheel steering, not tiller. It's no problem gettingat past it as long as there's no-one coming the other way. But there often is.
  12. Progress update for the one at Bridge 104 and pointing towards Braunston 10 days ago. At 12.45 pm today, 21/9/19, we came around the bend just before bridge 102 heading from Braunston to Napton. The boat we were following had just pulled over to the side, which I then also did, as did the two boats behind me (it's been busy here this morning!). The reason was a widebeam was just about to come through the bridge going in the Braunston direction. My first thought was concern that it might get stuck as, from a distance, it looked tight. I then thought I'm going to be waiting a while for it, and the boats queuing behind it, to come through and past the narrow boat moored about, I guess, 100 foot from the bridge, Braunston side. But no! Immediately after getting through the bridge, bow-hauled, it then pulled over and moored at the very start of the Armco despite the fact that there was probably another 50 to 60 foot of Armco to the moored narrow boat. I heard, 2nd hand, that it has "lost its rudder". Even if that is true (I have no reason to doubt it) it doesn't excuse mooring it up immediately after the bridge and not another 50 or 60 foot along. It's very busy along here today, being a warm sunny Saturday, and there will no doubt be quite a few hire boats (Napton, Black Prince, Calcutt, Union Canal Carriers) going through that bridge this afternoon. Narrow stretch of canal either side of the bridge for some distance plus quite a breeze (making hovering a challenge) plus said widebeam right by the bridge should make for some fun there this afternoon, assuming it wasn't just a very brief stop. Here's a photo, although it probably doesn't really do it justice. My excuse is that I was a bit busy steering at the time! Oh yes, there were another 3 boats approaching the bridge from the Napton direction when I came through plus numerous others heading that way during our next half mile or so.
  13. Good news. Presumably you're back on board and happy to be so after a summer on land. Are you on the move yet?
  14. I passed that shed on my way back to the marina last Friday. As someone else said, it is moored right at the start of the armco. This means that much more armco was visible to the steerer as he/she arrived. Every single inch of that Armco would have been better than the bit that was chosen and some of it much better as there are a couple of "lay-by" bits where the canal is significantly wider. I could only conclude that it was no accident that the steerer chose the most unsuitable bit (of one of the busiest canals in the country) to moor, indeed it would have been a challenge to find anywhere more unsuitable, so it was left there with the intention of making it as difficult as possible for as many narrowboats as possible. Someone intentionally being a bit of a git? (perhaps in retaliation against this and similar threads)
  15. I also spoke to someone on some old boat called Sickle, or it may have been Flamingo, when it went passed me moored somewhere South of Milton Keynes early last year. He didn't ignore me either.
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