We both have had a nice break from the boat to attend Nathan's wedding and to see our respective parents. I stayed nearly three weeks with my parents in the UK and the weather was 'orrible to say the least. Out of 20 days in the UK, it rained for 17. However, it was mild for the time of year so I cannot complain about that. It was really nice to see my parents, my brother and his family and catch up with "old friends". Whilst I was there Dad gave my Mum a bunch of flowers which contained ornamental cabbage. They looked just like roses and lasted for a long time. I am curious how the grower managed to grow such long stems - at least 12 - 14".
We left Peoria, IL on Friday in cloudy, cool weather after we had pumped out the holding tank. By now you know my weird sense of humour as I noticed the pump out machine was called a "Jonny Trap". Does that mean the Jonny's are full of ....!!!
This barge was being unloaded of salt onto a lorry/truck. Can you tell which end has been unloaded first??? Only joking!!!
The Illinois River is home to many bald eagles and I guess we have seen at least 2 dozen or more. We have also seen wild turkeys and herons.
When I went outside the boat this morning I shrieked with delight as there were geese "swimming" not too far from the back of our boat. I ran for my camera, took a photo and was surprised to see the geese did not fly away. Why, you ask, did they not fly away. 'Cos they were decoys, that's why. I love geese as they mate for life, I believe and, if one is injured another goose will stay with it until the injured one gets better or dies. I just LOVE to hear them honking in their V at night. I think, what are they talking about? We did not hear the owner of the decoys pull up behind us and plant the decoys. We did see him however, hiding in the bushes - boooo hissss!!!
When I was home in the UK in May I bought a pretty vase from a junk shop - I mean an antique shop. It was decorated with a peacock. I could not bring it back to the States with me because of being over packed so I intended collecting it on my next visit. Now, my Dad believes that peacocks can bring bad luck to their owners -the feather contains the eye of the devil!!! So, I brought the peacock vase back with me in my hand luggage. The planes arrived safely - phew and the vase is now on the boat wrapped up safely so it does not break. Well, since the vase has been on the boat the following has happened-
The port engine would not start so we had to bring a mechanic in to look at it. The problem was very simple - Gary had left the engine in gear causing it not to start.
At a lock, I was given a rope by the lock keepers and tied it off on a cleat forgetting that the boat would drop 10 feet as the water was pumped out of the lock. The boat dropped 5 feet and then started to pull on the cleat. The only way to stop the cleat being pulled out of the deck was to cut the rope and release the boat. We dropped about 2 feet to greet the water below us.
The generator stopped working on Thursday morning just prior to the cold spell hitting the mid west. We now have no heat, cannot use the microwave and anything else requiring use of the generator.
Do you suppose my Dad is right? Should I get rid of the peacock vase?????
Kingston Rover Loop Map