Thursday, 24 May 2018

4 sets of temporary traffic lights, 2 honking cars and a punch up.

And all before 7 am yesterday.
A journey that normally takes 20 minutes took 40 minutes.
I've no idea why either car honked me, I couldn't go anywhere as I was in a queue of traffic. The temporary traffic lights may mean that some of the potholes are being filled in.
As for the punch up, a 4x4 was following a BMW, for some reason the BMW kept slamming on his brakes. I kept well back as it looked like an accident waiting to happen.
Eventually the 4x4 overtook the BMW, stopped in front of him and got out. I drove past and left them to fight it out, they looked pretty evenly matched.

Today the M4 was closed between junctions 11 & 12, an accident had knocked over a lamppost. All the traffic then piled on to the A4! It took me an hour to get CHS to work, I went to DD2's and got her four kids ready and dropped 3 of them at school. DD2 set of for a meeting and was an hour late but still got there before the rest of the clients. It then took me another hour to get to DD1's. 

CHS has tomorrow off, so a lie in and a leisurely start in the morning I hope. I've filled the water tank and tomorrow we will look for a new mooring place.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

It's nice to be loved!

Childcare duties this morning, I asked my 3yo Dgd if she wanted to go to the park or come back to my boat.
She asked if CHS was on the boat.
I explained that CHS was at work.
Let's go to the park, says Dgd!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Thieving bastards

We are hiding in the marina for a couple of days, the local area is under siege.
Shops have hired security, a local boat hire place had the batteries stolen from all their boats and people have had their generators stolen.
As we moved away from our previous mooring we passed 3 boats heading towards it hoping to find a place of safety.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Accidents happen.

I was taking CHS to work on Friday only to find the A4 was closed due to a serious though fortunately not fatal accident, we had to divert through to Burghfield and into Reading that way. CHS was about an hour late for work.

Once I'd dropped him at work I parked my car and caught a bus into central Reading, I then caught another bus to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. CHS's hearing aid needed repairing.

There is a shortcut from the main entrance to the hearing centre. Unfortunately the flooring was being refurbished so I had to walk all round the outside of the hospital to reach the hearing centre.

After the repair was completed I caught a bud back I to central Reading and then another back to my car.
Unfortunately there had been an accident outside the fish and chip shop. So that part of the journey was also slow. Eventually I reached my car, did a small amount of shopping and then returned home.
I left home just before 11 a.m. I didn't get home until 5:30.

Oh bugger

About 20 years ago I got a speeding ticket, my kids thought it was hysterically funny as I am not a speedy driver. The road I was driving along had its speed limit reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph. I was unaware of the change and I was doing 37 mph in what I thought was a 40 area.

Last week I got another speeding ticket, this time my children and grandchildren think it's hysterically funny.
It was on a totally different road but once again the speed limit has been reduced from 40 to 30 and once again I was doing 37 mph in what I thought was a 40 mph area.
Oh well it's my own fault!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Other people's shopping

I can't help being nosy, seeing what other people have in their shopping trolleys.
Today the gentleman in front of me had 40 bottles of beer, a French stick and a tin of baked beans!
It made me chuckle.

A Tale of Two Lads

I know two young men, both in their early 20s, one, Rob, is the son of a neighbour, the other, Jack is someone we've met on the cut.
Both were disinterested in school, both left with no qualifications.
Rob has his food and booze provided along with his choice of Sky tv channels and his phone contract paid. He is always smartly turned out, at his mother's expense.  He has had 2 jobs in the last 18 months, one he lasted a whole day, the other he walked after a couple of hours as it was boring!

Jack lives on his narrowboat that he is doing up, he paid £1000 for the boat as it was such a wreck.
Jack passed us a couple of hours ago, he wasn't  on his own boat, he was moving a boat for someone, he is known as a safe and reliable boat mover, he also repairs boats and works in a local pub. He doesn't have Sky tv and he only has a basic phone. He usually looks a bit scruffy apart from when he's working a shift in the pub.

4 sets of temporary traffic lights, 2 honking cars and a punch up.

And all before 7 am yesterday. A journey that normally takes 20 minutes took 40 minutes. I've no idea why either car honked me, I coul...