Monday, 16 August 2010

Playing catch-up…

Apologies to our regular readers for the lack of blog updates recently.

Rog went for his Outpatients appointment on August 4th and they seem pleased with the way his toe is healing, although the progress is very slow.  He has to go to the Foot Clinic at the beginning of next month, where they will see him again, also to the podiatrist every week, the first of those appointments is tomorrow.  We asked about what the best thing to do to get it to heal as quickly as possible, and the consultant offered to remove the top of his toe if we liked!  What a choice!!  Need less to say, he said that he would carry on as he was for a while and see how things go.  I think they are going to do another MRI next time to check whether there is any improvement in the infection in the bone, so that will help make up their, and Rog’s, minds.

We have decided to stay here for the next few weeks so as to be in easy reach of Paddington, and then hopefully move on after the Foot Clinic at the beginning of September. The Marina manager has said that we can stay here for as long as we like, till next spring if necessary, but we would rather be nearer to Mum at Northampton for the winter.  To that end we have booked a winter mooring at Blisworth Marina, starting Oct 1st.  If the hospital give Rog the all clear to move on at the beginning of next month, we will be there in plenty of time to get settled before Russ & Nat’s wedding near Lincoln on Nov 5th.  Rog has decided to keep his treatment going at St Mary’s rather than ask for it to be transferred to Northampton as they have been really good there, and Northampton General couldn’t have given a damn about helping his toe to heal after the angioplasty back in February – if he had been given a prolonged course of antibiotics back then, he might not be in the state he is now!

Russ came over and drove us to Mum’s on the Sunday before last, we felt in need of a change of scenery, and also we decided to buy a car so we would at least be mobile while we are here and over the winter (we will store it at Mum’s or Emma’s during our summer cruising).  We have bought a Toyota Yaris, almost identical to the one we sold when we decided that ‘we wouldn’t need a car’ – isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing!!!  We came back to Willowtree today in time for his appointment tomorrow.


  1. Hi, we're interested in your mention of booking a "Winter mooring". How much does it cost? Can you just book them for 2 or 3 months?

    Thanks, Elly & Mick

  2. Ellie and Mick
    Costs of winter moorings vary according to where and for how long, but around £200-£250 a month is about average. Just make a list marinas in your preferred area and give them a ring and ask about winter moorings, and tell them what you need If you want to stay on your boat for any length of time while it is the marina, check that it's ok with them, as some allow you to stay on your boat for as long as you like, yet others have a time limit, ie, a week at a time or only just a weekend. You need to do this very soon as most marinas are taking bookings now and won't have space left if you leave it much longer. Good luck with your search.
    Pip & Rog

  3. Being as I'm in agony myself at the mo I totally sympathise... Put your best foot forward Roger. Maybe you need to join me on crutches lol


    (Takey Tezey)

  4. Best wishes to you both from the crew aboard Caxton. Weareawaiting the publication of the stoppages programme before we can decide where we will winter but maybe we will get a chance to see each other as we head off the Nene in September...

  5. Hi Lesley - nice to hear from you, we have been following your travels with envy, stuck as we are - it feels a bit like when we were following all the blogs while waiting for Windsong to be built!! It would be great to see you, keep in touch, and as soon as we are on the move again, you and everyone else will know it!!!
    Pip & Rog xx


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