To date : 951 miles, 664 locks
Today was one of those days that make me feel like this is what it's all about. We had a cup of tea this morning with Dot and Gordon form nb Ewn Ha Cul. Then we chugged along to the Etruria Junction to fill our water tank. We chatted with Barry and Carol, Connie fed the geese, we got some washing done.
Then it was on with the locks of the day. The first one is very deep. Carol had walked Connie up and down a bit, fed her some lunch, and then walked her around in the stroller until she fell asleep for her nap. All the way down the locks Connie slept while Carol worked the locks and pushed the stroller.
There was a bite in the wind today. I think we're going to have to dig out the other duvet soon. We still haven't been cold with the Summer weight one though. We have a second duvet that is a mid season one and then they both clip together for Winter. I think we'll just swap them over for now. I suspect we might be able to get by with just the mid season one over Winter. I remember being plenty warm enough with them clipped together last year but for the bulk of the Winter I was by myself.
When we moored up at Hem Heath this afternoon we had the washing up to date, the water tank full and the batteries on 100%. All's good in our world.
In answer to the questions of what phone and internet providers we use :
* For internet access I have a Three mifi dongle and a "Pay as You Go" sim. The signal has been good most of the time. There have been a few occasions that we have had no internet at all but not often enough to be an issue.
* I have a "Pay as You Go" smart phone with O2. I bought the phone outright when we arrived as mine met an untimely death on the flight over. I have good reception most of the time. I can use the wireless "hot spot" as backup if I don't get an internet signal with Three but it's only been useful once or twice.
* Mick has a cheap little plastic handset with a Lebara sim card. He gets reception pretty much ALL the time. The calls back to Australia are really cheap and even UK calls are a bit less than I pay on my Three "Pay as You Go".
* We use the Lebara phone for making phone calls and I only use my phone for phone calls if I need to ring Mick. I've installed Viber on the smart phone so use that for making calls too.