We had been going camping this coming weekend to Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales with some of the family. We go up every year as it’s a great place to get the family together and it’s near my parents’ house in Gargrave on the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Because of my back, everyone was expecting me to pull out but I was adamant it’d be OK. I finally agreed and we shan’t be going until later in the year. Camping itself is great for my back as I lay on hard ground; it’s the long car journey and the fact that I’d be tempted to go fell walking as we usually do. So as I say – it’s a sad decision but for the best.
After reading yesterday’s blog, Issie sent me a picture of how her boat, Black Sheep, looks this year. She has been far more adventurous than us on the veg front and keeps herself in courgettes, French and runner beans, cucumbers, strawberries, lettuce and tomatoes to name but a few. Next year we will branch out as our only edibles are toms, chillis, jalapeno peppers and the staple herbs: rosemary, chives, thyme, basil and parsley. This has been the first year we have managed to keep most of the herbs going through the winter.
I’m not sure why she has a pot on the towpath for dogs to wee on! It reminds me of one summer before we had let the house in Kent out. We were going back for a fortnight to do the final tidying up ready for renting and, as it was the height of summer, decided to take some of our plants back with us for the fortnight so they didn’t die of drought. We had moored by a bridge at Wilmcote on the Stratford canal and had the pots out on the towpath ready to ferry them to the car. In retrospect, it was daft way to do it as the tomatoes were immediately the target for passing dogs. A good dousing in water cleaned them up and we never seemed to suffer any ill effects.
The only downside of growing produce on a boat is that you should really use fresh rather than canal water on them. Normal flowering plants are fine as they are not eaten, other than say, Nasturtiums. This does mean that you use even more of a scarce commodity.
|Some of our jalapenos are nearly ready for harvesting and pickling|
For the last few weeks I haven’t been walking far each day but yesterday I managed 2 ½ miles in all – the first time I’ve dared walk more than two miles in all that time. We got up as far as Cropredy marina at one point. This was built in 2013 and we remember going past in the August when it was being built, thinking the planned opening date was a bit ambitious.
Now the marina is fully open and a second area has been opened since. For those that like marinas it is definitely one of the better ones, in fact, our friends Jan and Gordon keep their boat there. There are new stanking planks at the entrance so another picture has been added to my collection of stanking plank pictures.
Nice new stanking planks for the marina entrance
We are moored in the centre of Cropredy village courtesy of Mike and Lesley who are having a house and a boat built simultaneously. Mike has started a blog for the house build and no doubt will include the boat build as that starts soon too. Click here to see their blog.