Friday, September 21, 2012

50,000 Hits & 6 Months Since Leaving OZ

Just over 50,000 page views since starting our blog, pretty amazing methinks.   I still can't believe folks out there actually read it, it is very flattering. This blogging lark does become rather addictive; in saying that I don't spend a great deal of time writing it as I never go into much detail about the canals, the history of buildings etc. as there are so many boaty blogs out there doing a much better job than I ever could ... our best post ever was written by Bombo.....go figure!  Elaine writes ten times better than me but she isn't so addicted.  The one thing I have tried to do is be positive, after all, we both feel so grateful to live this most fantastic lifestyle, what is there to be negative about, apart from the F%*"ing hire boats of course.......Joke :)

Six months since we left Oz ... regrets ... 'I've had a few, but then again too few to mention'  ... sorry Frank!  Seriously - none whatsoever, as its a fantastic lifestyle in a fantastic country with fantastic friendly people, we both absolutely love it.

I think one thing that has also made it so easy is to have such a great boat; Caxton has now clocked up over 3500 hours - the only failure has been a blown fuse, and that was our fault for overloading it!
We are both very grateful to Joe and Lesley (previous owners of Caxton) for keeping the boat in such an immaculate condition and of making the sale such an easy process, it was all done on trust!  I would also add that Barn Owl build a very good quality boat.

Now after all the gushing, guess what?  I'm packing up and leaving the boat!  ... just kidding - only for a short time!  This is the reason that we are going to the Marina at Stone earlier than planned - as I am going back to Oz for a couple of months to do some stuff !

Nearly forgot.... today's journey - we left Polesworth, it pissed down all day, I had to put my thermal ski gloves because my hands were freezing - and I loved it!  We are now moored right outside 'The Tame Otter' at Hopwas.

Guess where we are going tonight?  We have lots to celebrate........:)

10 comments:

  1. Hi Folks
    We are so pleased that you are BOTH enjoying the boaty life here in the ditches and it has turned out to be all you hoped...money in the post for the kind compliments!
    What stuff are you doing in Oz and is Elaine going back as well?
    I hope we are going to see you again before you clear off???
    Lesley

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  2. You really are enjoying this stuff, I'm so pleased that you are not regretting your decision.

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    1. As Edith Piaf would say "No! I regret nothing".

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  3. Come on Paul reveal all, your blog is one of my favourites!

    Paula

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    1. Hi Paula
      Thanks for that, do you live on a boat?

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  4. I like others read yours an a few other blogs every night/ evening, I love hearing all the tales, I'm not a narrowboat owner, but am very lucky that I have very good friend that has one, she is a semi widebeam springer, 38ft and love staying on here she is moored in MILTON KEYNES and when time allow we have small cruises on the canal there keep up your blogging

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    1. Hi Nicky
      Thanks for reading, most of my family live in the Milton Keynes area.

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  5. No is's something for in the future, we want to wait until we can make the most of it. We met Stuart at Crick just before he started working on Yarwood so I started reading Lesley's blog with great interest and that was it. I now dip in and out of several blogs but you often make me laugh along with Maffi who at times is outrageous and funny! I enjoy the blogs who don't take themselves to seriously!

    Paula

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    1. Hi Paula
      Definitely don't take it serious!
      Paul

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