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Lily Rose

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    Oxfordshire

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    Retired
  • Boat Name
    Lily Rose
  • Boat Location
    Warwickshire

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  1. Lily Rose

    Thames Moorings a warning

    It would have been the first attempt had I known about the 2nd button, which is why I mentioned it above. I'm not defending DE, just pointing out that it is (or was) possible to get the website to work if you know about the 2nd button. I hope DE do lose the contract. While I was there I offered my views to a park ranger and he said DE had been given one last chance to get it right and told me he also thought it would be better if it went back to the palace managing the moorings themselves.
  2. Lily Rose

    Thames Moorings a warning

    I didn't give credit card details, they were not requested for a free one night stay. I also have an email receipt from DR confirming my stay was free. I have not heard anything further from DE and have no reason to think I will. In the unlikely event that I do then I have a receipt from them for one free night and I also have a receipt from TVM for a mooring at one of the EA moorings for the next night which shows that I only stayed one night at the DE mooring.
  3. Lily Rose

    Thames Moorings a warning

    We also stopped for one night at Hampton Court, near Kingston Bridge, back in August. I tried phoning, simply because I had read that the DE website didn't work, but only got through to voicemail. I then tried the website a couple of times but the "book" button just kept taking me back to the page I started on. On the 3rd attempt I scrolled (much) further down the page and found another "book" (or it may have been "pay now") button. That one did work and I was able to book one night for free and got a receipt by email. I wonder if all the people who say the website doesn't work have just tried the first "book" button they come to, unaware that there is another one further down the page that does work. Or at least it did for me back in August.
  4. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    Exactly! There's already loads of stuff going into the canals to gradually silt them up so why make it even worse by chucking in stuff that doesn't need to go in? Maybe the effect is negligible but every little helps (or hinders in this case). If we all did this at popular mooring sites surely it would make them shallower a bit faster than if we didn't.
  5. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    Hmmm. Perhaps the effect on canal depth is negligible (even if we all did this) but I always feel I should avoid throwing anything into the cut. The damn things are shallow enough as it is.
  6. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    I keep the white spirit outside and take the jar out to put a little in every so often, so little that it all gets soaked up so there's no liquid inside the boat to get spilt. I light the fire once a day at the moment, early evening, as I'm finding the boat is still warm enough during the day without it. I have still got some firelighters left but teabags seem to work at least as well and I can be as generous as I like with them (though 2 or 3 is usually enough) as they cost almost nowt and the more I use the less goes into filling up my kitchen bin and ultimately into landfill.
  7. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    If you need firefighters for your barby I think you must be doing it wrong. Try teabags!
  8. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    Good idea! Mine came from the butchers in Braunston and was indeed delicious (steak and kidney).
  9. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    That may explain why I didn't find Excel that much better for amounts of ash. I was put off trying Excel until recently due to reading comments on here that it stank. Mainly because of your more favourable comments I decided to buy a bag and give it a go. Based on that one bag I think I'm now happy to use Excel or Supertherm but with a slight preference for the former. If they do vary over time that could change.
  10. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    That last sentence illustrates well why I didn't get on with it (old copies of Towpath and Canal Boating Times). It didn't burn very well and often went out before the wood was burning properly. The same cannot be said for the teabags. Since I first heard about that on this forum 2 years ago I've abandoned all other methods as it works so well for the c£1 cost of a small bottle of white spirit that has so far not yet run out. The teabags dry out very quickly in a little foil pie tray sat on top of the stove (note: eat the pie first).
  11. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    Or, in my case, 2 dried out teabags soaked (but not dripping) in a jar with a little white spirit. Gets the fire going a treat but now wondering how toxic that might be. Tried newspaper, thought it was useless. Why is Dr Bob so down on Supertherm? I've been using it happily for 3 years, tried Homefire Ovals once but didn't get on with them. I'm now near the end of my first bag of Excel, which I think I prefer to Supertherm but not by a huge margin.
  12. Lily Rose

    Rubbish

    I have been breathing toxic fumes my whole life and not experienced any I'll effects. They were my own toxic fumes tbough, I'm rather less keen on other people's toxic fumes.
  13. Lily Rose

    Boat length

    Dunno about yours but mine does, at least if the water is cold. I think the boat probably does as well, though probably not by as much.
  14. Lily Rose

    Stove Paint

    I had been prevaricating for over a year about what to use on mine for the first time (for me) as it had gone very grey and with a fair amount of rust. I ended up, about 10 days ago, sanding it a bit with fine sandpaper, dusting it off and then applying this stuff with a cloth... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N7DGNGC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It was a lot easier than I expected, certainly easier than I expected painting would have been, there was only a slight smell the first time the stove was lit and I reckon the tin probably contained about 10 times the amount needed. The stove looks really good after using for just over a week so hopefully I won't feel the need to do it again until late Spring to ensure it looks good throughout next summer.
  15. I'm planning to visit there for some Braunston Bangers at the end of next week so I'll give the eggs a try as well
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