Saturday 7 July 2012 – Decize

Out came Wandah again today and some more washing done. A bit of time spent oiling and adjusting the bike gears to make them work properly. After a short visit to ‘Intermarche’ we had a quiet afternoon, reading and blogging etc.
Friday 6 July 2012 – Decize

MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO LOUISE AND MARK ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR BABY BOY NOAH  AND MUCH LOVE TO NOAH’S BIG BROTHER JOE XXXXX

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AMANDA  – WOW, WHAT A DAY THIS IS! XXXX

Steve spent the day sorting out electrics and Ba put some great time in doing the wood trim around the boat with Teak oil – looks lovely, so does the wood 🙂

Ba working on her woodwork in the sunshine

This evening we observed a heron fishing for his supper  on the bank of the link canal/marina.  Seems like he sticks his head in the water, spears his catch,  pulls it out, shakes it violently,  throws it on the ground and stabs it a lot, then picks it up,  washes it off in the canal,  turns it fore and aft and swallows it whole.  Like this:

The Look

The spear

The catch

OK now what do I do with it?

Shake it about a bit

Dunk it in the canal to wash off all the grassy bits

Shake it dry

Line up fore and aft

And swallow

We went for a walk along the bank where Monsieur l’Heron had been fishing, to find it littered with catfish heads.   Seems M L’Heron doesn’t like eating fish with the head on.  Well,  who does?

Beautiful path along the side of the cross-canal/marina, just above where the Heron was fishing.

View of Wight Mistress from the path

Thursday 5 July 2012 – Decize
Poured with rain all day. So hard that the raindrops were actually bouncing off the water.

Raindrops bouncing off the water

Not too unusual, since we are in a weather pattern where we have 5 days or so of blistering sunshine and increasing humidity, followed by an ‘orage’ and a couple of days of rain and then back to sunshine again. Lovely really. Finished the day off at our local hostelry and a couple of cold ones.

It started to feel quite chilly so Steve asked the lady behind the bar if it was ok to shut the door. Big sigh of relief and a ‘merci beaucoup’ from the couple sat at the table nearest the door – she was freezing.

Wednesday 4 July 2012 – Decize

Went for a cycle ride in the sunshine, along the Canal Lateral a la Loire northwards. Sadly Steve’s bike suffered a puncture so it was a gentle stroll back and then back onboard for puncture fixing. Actually we have decided that if we have a puncture, patching is merely a temporary fix. It is more reliable just to replace the tube complete.  Lovely thing to see today was Mrs  Canard and her brood, who came over from their hide in the bushes to say hello.

Mme La Canard and her brood

Tuesday 3 July 2012 – Decize
One of the lovely things about living aboard and living a slower pace of life is that there is time to do things. Time to chase wiring runs and learn about the boat, time to fix things that were once niggling.

Monday 2 July 2012 – Decize
Quiet day, doing some cleaning and laundry and generally getting over the aches and pains of a 25 km cycle ride yesterday. Did a bit of maintenance on the bikes.

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