Friday, 26 July 2013

Stand Down - Panic Over

Okay, so they tried to move Carpe Diem (the yacht) on Wednesday by pulling her over to the opposite quay wall.  But she got so far, decided that was enough, dug her keel in and steadfastly refused to go any further!!!  Unfortunately by the time they had decided the move was not going to work, the tide had started to fall and the boat ended up stuck in mid channel.  Let's just say, when I got home after a hard day and couldn't get on the boat I wasn't best pleased!  So there we were at two thirty in the morning moving the boat back to its original position alongside the barge.  Pete and I finally got to bed at 4.30.  I had to go to work the next day and boy was I shattered!  It doesn't seem that long ago that I could go clubbing until 4.30 and still do a full day's work.  The upshot is that we now cannot move for another four weeks, until the next lot of spring tides.  Now we are going all out to be able to move on to the barge and put Carpe Diem back on her mooring, where the cost is £50 per year as opposed to £150 per month.  Here are a couple of shots of high tide earlier today.


  1. Oh Fran, what a performance! You really are at the mercy of these tides aren't you? I'm so sorry it's all such a mission for you, but the photos are lovely. I hope it's not all costing you too much.

  2. Time and tide wait for no man, as they say.
    HOWever, I looked it up, and found out that's not what it meant when the phrase first came to be.

    You never know what you can do until you try, as God said to Moses. Or, in the 21st century, you never know what you'll find out until you Google it. LOL
    Hope you don't have any more of those late "clubbing" nights again, Fran. Sounds exhausting!

  3. Now I would have thought that those who wanted to move Carp Diem would have checked on the draught of her and depths of water available first or is common sense
    at a low ebb in your corner of the world?

  4. What a palava, let us hope you can manage to move in in 4 weeks time to save any more hassle.

  5. Val - the expense of the wood burner, fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher has eaten in to the budget as we had not planned on getting the for the next couple of months, but hey we would have ad to get them eventually and they are all being craned on for free so that's a bonus xxxx
    Kay - I read the link and that was really interesting, tide as time - I didn't know that xxx
    Mel - you would think they would have checked wouldn't you, the only reason they got her back that night was because there was a storm surge, if there hadn't been the yacht would still be stuck! Xxx
    DC - I have every faith in Pete, but it is a lot of extra work for us. I am deep cleaning the yacht and clearing it ready for the move xxx

  6. This sounds like an adventure you could do without! But I love the photos; the tide looks very high.

  7. Poor you what a late night it must have been so frustrating not getting back on board. I hope you have been able to recover this weekend.
    sarah x

  8. What an adventure. Looking forward to seeing everything accomplished and you living on the barge.

  9. You poor things . . . you must be exhausted. We have always been lake people, so we've never had to learn anything about the tides. It sounds like this move was not meant to be. It does seem like the harbor people that are planning the repairs to the wall would have checked the tides and the conditions before they started asking people to move to other locations. It just goes to show that just because some people are in charge and have a little power, they don't always know what they are doing. The difference in her mooring price and being by the barge is huge . . . that could turn into quite a hardship. I know that you and Pete are going to be in totally heaven when your work in done and you can call the barge home :) If we lived closer I would love to help. We have always been pretty long on elbow grease.
    God bless you both.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  10. that's a pain in the butt. Our days of clubbing are over also.

    Gill in Canada

  11. Wendy - when you come over, watch where you park your car! X
    Diane - it is getting so close now, I can't wait. So good to hear from you xxx
    Sarah - it was not a good night, but at least we know that we can stay here now for a couple of weeks and then move on to the barge xxx
    Connie - you are always so sweet. Tides do make life interesting. Wouldn't it be great if we could all work together, I would love your craft and artistic help and Pete would really welcome Steve's craftsmanship xxxx
    Gill - oh for the energy of youth, great to hear from you xxx