Saturday, 21 February 2009

Trains and Boats and Planes.....

Well, not really! No trains, a good few boats (mostly splitters, Tupperware boats and gin-palaces) and no planes. We decided to brave the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show at the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday. I've never seen so many caravans and motor homes in all my life! And very luxurious most of them were too! If we weren't such boataholics, we might seriously consider buying one.

We had a look in a few narrowboats on show, and I have to say that several of them didn't impress us at all - the external paintwork on one (naming no names!) was absolutely dreadful. The standard of finish on the carpentry also left a lot to be desired. We did think the Alvechurch boat was quite nice, and we also liked the Ownerships boat (we always have a look at those wherever we see them, as we used to own a share in Nb Kinver - and we sometimes meet up with people we know)

We really went to the show to see if we could get a good deal on a TV aerial and a Kerston satellite dish but were disappointed. RoadPro didn't have any dishes with them, and we have seen the TV aerial that we want for the same price in the local camping and caravan shop. We will now buy the dish from the Internet, it's cheaper than RoadPro anyway.

We did, however, get a bargain - two thick fleeces with quilted, padded linings for boating in cold weather - a mere snip at £14.99 each. Rog also bought a Garmin Oregon hand held satnav, complete with maps at a bit of a discount - yet another gadget for him to play with. We've been reading on others blogs lately about GeoCaching, and it sounds like fun, so we thought we'd give it a go. This is it below.
We are going to go over to Foxton Locks tomorrow, weather permitting , to do our first one. There are two over there, within easy reach of the towpath, and not too far to walk. That's important because I want to try out my new walking boots, and to start to break them in. I wore them to take Cassie for a walk this morning, and my toes were numb by the time I got home, so I need to stretch them a little bit. We are, however, going to take the little rucksack, then I can put my nice comfy trainers in it, and change into them before my toes drop off!!
Will blog again tomorrow or Monday and let you know how we got on.

1 comment:

  1. nice guys get some good bargains there.
    good luck geocashing.


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