Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Going backwards

Yesterday evening turned into somewhat of a small disaster when we discovered there was no dot in the sky and the terrestrial TV signal was pixellated.  Jan was not pleased as she wanted to both watch and record Silent Witness.

This morning we took the trolley out for some exercise.  It’s been getting lazy and now squeaks when taken walkies!  No a long walk; just up to Tesco where Jan fed all our small change into the poker machine.  She hit the jackpot and was rewarded with a voucher for £5.40 which we subsequently spent on a cooked chook for dinner tonight.

We carefully made our way back to Waiouru avoiding the fresh doggie doo-doo.  Obviously we’ve had a few more dog owners pass us since we cleaned up yesterday.  The dogs have got the smell of the area and will keep returning.  That; and the poor TV reception, was sufficient for us to decide to move.  The TV aerial was taken down and we reversed back 500 metres to a dog poo free area where there is both sat and terrestrial TV signals.  No skill to the reversing…… I used the girlie button!  We’ve passed here on three previous ocassions, all during the summer, and each time there hasn’t been a vacant mooring.

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All on our own

I phoned CRT this morning and booked our passage through Harecastle Tunnel for Friday morning.  In the afternoon I wandered up to the tunnel entrance noticing the construction of the rail bridge which crosses the canal immediately before the tunnel entrance.  It reminded me of the multi-storey building construction method used in Iran.

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Rivetted cast iron ‘I’ beams which have brick arch infills.  There are iron spreader bars between some of the arches.  The weight of the bridge superstructure and live load (passing trains) get transferred down through the brick arch and into the beams.  The buildings in Iran were similar, except the arch was much shallower and the span greater.  The steel beams were also smaller.  I can remember jumping on the second storey floor feeling it bounce.

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The usual photo of the northern tunnel portal with Telford’s tunnel to the left and the original Brindley tunnel to the right.

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Brindley’s tunnel looks well silted up.

There was a CRT boat moored inside the mouth of the tunnel.  I guess it’s the rescue boat, which we shouldn’t need (I hope).

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4 comments :

Les Biggs said...

I assume booking is just winter thing and not now year round.
Les

Tom and Jan said...

48 hours notice required during the winter Les. Passage on Mon, Wed & Fri if booked.

Marilyn McDonald said...

Bl**dy hell, Tom, how come you guys all call the bow thruster the girlie button when it seems to be only guys that use it?!! Get a grip, man, and own it as yours - rename it the 'manly manoeuvring machine', for heaven's sake! 3M has a nice ring, doesn't it?
Cheers, M

Tom and Jan said...

But if I called it the 3M only you would know what I mean.