Bad weather, cold, grey days. This time of year just seems to drag on.
Woken in the middle of the night by heavy rain hammering on the roof of the boat, I can't get back to sleep. I get up and have a brew. Nothing on TV at 3AM, so turn on the computer.
A bit of searching later, I find that this was Achilles, originally one of a pair of boats, Apollo and Achilles, They were built as trip boats on the Leeds Liverpool in the early Seventies.
You know what happens when you are captivated by something on the computer. Before you know it, it is morning, and I have been searching around for more hours than is healthy.
Back in Chorley, Ash Mandrake was playing at the Malt & Hops. This guiy is a crazy story-telling bard combined with a mad musician, with a different hat for each song...
Drinking Marshmallow Unicorn, being enterttained by a Crazy man. It doesn't get much better.
A long conversation with Kier, and he phoned Dave Lowe and chatted for a while. It seems the engine is the third engine for the boat, the first two being under powered. I made a stupid offer of money, and we were off to Liverpool with a crane and a wagon.
Soon back at the boatyard - there goes my free time!