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Two weeks away 
16th-Jun-2008 10:05 am
cruising log
became just 10 days. We'd decided to take a couple of weeks' break and have a short cruise familiarising ourselves with the Waterways of Picardy and The Somme.

The boat was as sweet as ever, when we opened her up on Wednesday (7th) morning. The bilges were so dry the spiders had spun webs across the inspection hatch. The first night aboard, we both slept better than we had in a long time, despite the fact that we were without a working lavatory.


Life aboard is always back to basics and this time the basic need for a working loo was our main priority. A trip to the big Chandellry at Compieign the following day, provided us with the part that seemed to be missing from our sea toilet's maintenance kit, and MWNN had it working again by Thursday evening.


The weather had been 'iffy' on Tuesday and Wednesday but had cleared by Thursday night and the forecast was good for the end of the week and the weekend. We were all set to cast off for a mini cruise - but it was not to be. I woke on Friday with a very sore throat and hacking cough. Despite resting in the shade of the trees for most of Friday and Saturday, while MWNN set to work on refurbishing the back deck's wooden seats, I was unwell enough to need a medic by Monday afternoon. All the symptoms pointed to a chest infection.


A medic was sought and found. He was worried by my blood pressure reading and alarmed by the sounds on my lungs. A prescription for antibiotics was produced, along with 5 other items that I rejected on reading the list at the pharmacy. Homeopathy is no substitute for penicillin where my lungs are concerned. Nor did I need more supplies of inhalers or pain killers.


With our cruise well and truly scuppered, we decided to return to the UK earlier than planned and crossed the channel on Sunday. On the way back from The Tunnel, we collected Ronnie - an 8 month old Fell Terrier from his Foster Mum, Helen. We always said that we'd have another Rescue Terrier after Kilo left us.


First pictures of Ron in his new garden - more to follow.












He's settled in really well, had a play in next door's garden with their daschund, Daisy, then disappeared indoors where he helped himself to her dinner and was sent home in disgrace :lol:


Big thanks to Rescue Remedies (Terrier Rescue) for holding onto Ronnie while we sorted out the boat. It was a real struggle to settle for only one dog, they have so many lovely orphans looking for their forever homes.

Comments 
16th-Jun-2008 09:33 am (UTC)
Oh what a cute wee doggy!

I'm so sorry to hear that you're plans were scuppered love. It must be rotten to have a bloody infection bugger up your plans like that. I hope that you'll recover really quickly and that maybe you'll be able to sort out a return to the boat in the near future.
16th-Jun-2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron. We won't be able to go back together until Ron has his passport. First step is Rabies innoculation, then a 6 month wait (stupid UK rules, everyone else says 1 month) before he could be re-admitted to the UK after a trip abroad.

MWNN plans much boat painting in any good weather we might have this year. I'll be dog-sitting and avoiding paint fumes at home.
16th-Jun-2008 09:37 am (UTC)
I hope you feel better from your chest infection. It's nice to have been able to have a break on the boat, even if it was shorter than planned.
Ronnie looks adorable , the first pic is so cute ! I'm glad he's settling in well. :)

Edited at 2008-06-16 09:38 (UTC)
16th-Jun-2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to be on the water, Caroline, even if we didn't go anywhere. The marina is beautifully landscaped and the gardens are a delight.

It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron.
16th-Jun-2008 09:51 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the chest infection. What a misery for you.

Ronnie looks utterly adorable. So pleased you felt able to get another dog to fill the gap.
16th-Jun-2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to be on the water, even if we didn't go anywhere. The marina is beautifully landscaped and the gardens are a delight.

It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron, rather than sit in a boat when the weather turned very wet indeed.
16th-Jun-2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Aw, Ronnie is adorable and very lucky, indeed, to have you. I'm so glad to see you posting again. (((((hugs)))))
16th-Jun-2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad to be home, despite the chest.
16th-Jun-2008 10:37 am (UTC)
What a lovely little dog! May you have many years of long walks and companionship together.

Sorry to hear about your infection -- get well soon!
16th-Jun-2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to be on the water, even if we didn't go anywhere. The marina is beautifully landscaped and the gardens are a delight.

It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron, rather than sit in a boat when the weather turned very wet indeed. He's adorable.
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16th-Jun-2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron.

a Fell Terrier is the generic term for a working terrier from the North of England. There are several 'pure breeds' who fall under the term, such as Lakeland, Patterdale, and Border Terriers. Ron is a Patterdale cross Jack Russel. He has the Patteredale's head and the rest is all Russel.

I thought the Clumber was recognised by the Kennel Club?
16th-Jun-2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
What rotten luck. I hope you're feeling better.

The pup is darling. I'm not familiar with Fell terriers. I'll have to look them up.
16th-Jun-2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to be on the water, even if we didn't go anywhere. The marina is beautifully landscaped and the gardens are a delight.

It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron, rather than sit in a boat when the weather turned very wet indeed.
16th-Jun-2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Do hope you are well on the mend now, hun. How rotten for you to have your cruise cut short...but what a lovely fella you returned home to! What a cutie! *hugs* xxx
16th-Jun-2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to be on the water, even if we didn't go anywhere. The marina is beautifully landscaped and the gardens are a delight.

It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron, rather than sit in a boat when the weather turned very wet indeed. He's totally adorable.
16th-Jun-2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon. *hugs*

And... so very cute. Eeeee!
16th-Jun-2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

It was worth getting sick to come back early to coll ect Ron, rather than sit in a boat when the weather turned very wet indeed. He's totally captivating and so very different in temperament to Ash.
16th-Jun-2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking of you yesterday, so it's nice to see this update. Such a shame the trip had to be cut short due to your chest infection (which I hope clears up quickly) but nice to have such a lovely dog to collect when you got back. He looks a real sweetie.
16th-Jun-2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
It was worth getting sick to come back early to collect Ron.
16th-Jun-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about your chest infection, but at least you did get a little time on the boat for a more important type of healing.

Ronnie looks absolutely gorgeous. Has he met the chihuahua yet?
17th-Jun-2008 11:27 am (UTC)
at least you did get a little time on the boat for a more important type of healing.
We did indeed.

Ron met Bobby the Chihuahua yesterday and was fine. Poor Bobby is petrified of everything, loud noises, birds, other dogs. No wonder, really when he's been isolated alone for so long each day from when he was about 6 weeks' old.

We're having a little problem settling Ron at night. E made the mistake of giving him the run of downstairs last night. We came down to a demolition site in the utility room and a tunnel in the office chair cushion. Do youj know what, we fell about laughing :D
16th-Jun-2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
sorry you've been poorly, glad to see your new arrival.
17th-Jun-2008 11:28 am (UTC)
I'm almost recovered and the new arrival is having a very beneficial effect on the BP.
16th-Jun-2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh he is gorgeous - I have dog-envy!

So sorry you are feeling yuck - I hope you get it under control soon.

How soon will Ronnie be able to go boating with you?
17th-Jun-2008 11:34 am (UTC)
I'm much better, thank you. Ron is having a very beneficial effect on the BP. We're taking him to have his Rabies' shots today. Then we have to wait 7 months before he is issued with his passport. So there willbe no boating for me this year. MWNN will go over to do some painting and varnishing when the weather allows.
16th-Jun-2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
I hope you're feeling much better!

Oh, what a sweetheart! Is he a mix of some kind?

He's a lucky boy, ending up with you. He'll be living in clover. Give him "Welcome to your forever home" kisses from Aunt Lisa!

P.S. a wee giftie:



Edited at 2008-06-16 21:23 (UTC)
17th-Jun-2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Oooh pressie - thank you!

Ron's a Patterdale cross Jack Russell Terrier. The head's pure Patterdale but the rest appears to be Russell.

We're having a few problems settling him inmm his own bed at night as he misses his canine bedfellows. E made the mistake of giving him the run of downstairs last night. We came down to a demolition site in the utility room and a tunnel in the office chair cushion. Do you know what, we laughed.

17th-Jun-2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
New doggy!
20th-Jun-2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
He's so very bouncy - at 7am!
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