Sunday, 3 August 2014

All change

Last weekend at Wheelock it was so hot we simply sat and sweated next our one and only electric fan.  This weekend we made it up the Macclesfield canal to our weekend stop at Macclesfield in full foul weather gear and were soaked and frozen by the time we arrived.  I just love English weather.  This is our last weekend on board as hopefully on Tuesday we park up in the marina.  I've got quite a bit of work to do on the boat and then  we'll go home.  The new book 'Glasnost' is shaping up well (in my mind) and I intend to blitz it when back in Somerset.  Once again the research I've done has amazed me.  I don't want to give anything away but it seems that the story of the coup against Gorbachev in 1991 was not what most people thought.  So instead of having to make up a wacky plot I can once again just use the real wacky facts.
Our last Sunday lunch was with some of the family who popped over for a visit.  Sutton Hall was reputedly the family seat of the Lucan family, they even have a beer named after a certain famous Lord - apparently it disappears quite fast.  However, only an 8.5.  Why can't anyone make a decent roast spud any more??

Now we've been using the tried and tested weather forecasting technique of seeing if the cows in the fields are standing up or lying down.  As everyone (except the met office) knows, if they are lying down then it is either about to rain or is raining.  And then we went past this guy - the obvious problem being that he is never ever going to stand up, bugger.

Actually that may not be a totally accurate forecasting method because within half an hour of us tying up the bloody sun came out. 

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