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Jan 15th

Normal 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} We had a bit of excitement this morning!  We were moored opposite the Willowbridge Marina, which is really not a marina at all, it�s a working boatyard.  Anyway Clive had popped up on deck to see if he could loosen the lines a bit to see if we could get the boat to level off, we have been on a very definite tilt for the last couple of days, so much so that the doors kept banging open and all the crockery in the top cupboard had shuttered down to one end!  Well whilst he was up on deck I noticed some activity over at the boatyard so I rushed inside to get my camera and took a whole sequence of photographs of a narrowboat being lifted off the back of a lorry and lowered into the canal.  I will put some more of them in the gallery for you to see.  It is quite a sight seeing a boat in mid air and a bit scary too!  We will have to arrange for Lady Arwen to be craned out of the water in a couple of year�s time as she will need to have her bottom repainted. Eventually the tilt just got too much for us, it was very difficult walking up and down the boat, it was like parking your car sideways on a hill, very disconcerting!  So this afternoon, whilst I was making a casserole, Clive cast off and cruised up the canal for about half a mile and then re-moored � we are now level again!  We can only assume that the boat had been resting on silt which, for some reason wasn�t obvious when we moored up in the ice the other day, apart from the fact that we couldn�t get the stern right into the bank.  It�s odd though, unless the water level has dropped, that the tilt seemed to increase whilst we were moored there.  Oh well it will just have to remain one of life�s little mysteries!   So that�s it really � more later!    

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