Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hardcore Boaters

I received my 2018 Hard Core Calendar today, its brilliant as usual.

We formed the Hard Core boaters back at Aston Marina when we all moored there  in the winter of  2012 and 2013. 

Whereas as lot of the boaters there went out occasionally we were constantly out eating and drinking, our main HQ was The Royal Exchange in Stone.

We became firm friend over those two winters and have become inseparable ever since.  

We have holidayed together in Cornwall, Northumberland and Mojacar.  We also went on many day trips together and of course met up on the canal system throughout our respective travels.

We have our own Viber group and we are all in contact daily.

The group consists of  me (Ex NB Caxton), Roly and Bev (NB Klara) Sue and Andy (NB Festina Lente) Martin and Cathy (NB Moriarty) Ray and Diane ( Ex NB Ferndale) and Dot and Gordon (NB Ewn Ha Cul).

Ray and Diane have now returned to live in Australia, the rest of them are still boating apart from me that is.

The MCC (Mojacar Canal Club) was also formed from this group of people, and apart from Ray and Diane will all be down there at some time over this winter. 

You couldn't meet a nicer group of people and Im so happy I met these guys back in 2012.

Many thanks Dot for doing the calendar x

Me and my best mate are July 

Cathy and Martin Mr and Mrs May 

Ray, Gordon, Dot and Diane are October 

Andy and Sue, Mr and Mrs September 

Gordon, Roly and Bev are April. 

And virtually everyone as December. 

Other happenings.....

We took the dogs out in the Jag, 

And took them for a walk around the lake. 

Tomorrow Im of to see a Neurosurgeon at Charing Cross Hospital in London, they wanted someone to come with me for support so my niece Kimberley is coming with me.

I haven't got a clue what he is going to say or do, its a bit like going to court for an offence, will I get a 3 month sentence or will he put the black cap on.

I have no doubt that I wont get too many answers tomorrow but will be the start of a journey I really dont want to go on.  I do have a good idea on what to expect as I was with Elaine for 3 years on her cancer trip, if I get the same care as her I will be very happy.

This is the chap here who will be checking out my brain


  1. I have been reading your blog since around the time you lost your dear Elaine - it is funny, honest, brave, and often moving. Wishing you well as you start your own difficult journey.

  2. I couldn't agree more Paul. A very special group of BFFs. Only one point of disagreement. We are in fact ALL in the December photo somewhere - even the dogs xx

  3. Just don't tell him you have an Australian brain Paul..... Coz then everyone will know it's in a pristine and unused state! Of course Kiwi brains are almost worn out from constant use! :-)

  4. We'll be thinking of you today, hope all goes well. Carol and George. xx

  5. Fingers crossed for a good result.
    Kath (nb Herbie)