We filled up with diesel at Fazeley Mill Marina this morning: 70 litres after 69.6 engine hours. The one litre per hour rate of consumption is much less than our overall average last year of 1.24 l/h. I put this down to a lot of stationary engine running to charge batteries.
Just outside the marina we saw a pair of swans with a young family. I counted four cygnets on one parent's back (only two are visible here).
Today the same thing happened. Scrunched up newspaper burnt, but the kindling was barely even charred when I looked at it after a few minutes. On feeling around the baffle plate I immediately discovered the cause of the problem. Great rusty flakes from the inside of either the flue or the chimney were on top of the baffle plate blocking the flue. I cleared all the rubbish by hand and relit the fire. Success! It's drawing fine now and the fire lit easily.
We do have a carbon monoxide detector, but this could have been dangerous. Memo to self - and you - check the flue is clear if the stove doesn't seem to work as it should.
We stopped for today after the first two locks of the Atherstone flight.
A computer bug! - Didn't 'alf rain last night. The African Queen came past during a particularly heavy burst. Shame the Captain didn't have a cabin to shelter in, you would ...
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