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Whispers on water - a photo journal of our life on the 'cut' dedicated to keeping family and friends informed of our whereabouts.

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Welcome Aboard

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Our pre-Christmas get together with great friends Jim and Helen took place on Saturday and, as always, we all enjoyed the day immensely. Unusually however, we forgot to take a photo or two to record the occasion. Still, great company and good food whilst warmed by the heat radiating from the glow of the woodburner made us well aware of the obvious discomfort being experienced by walkers splashing by in the rain, so not much of a photo opportunity anyway.

Until next year, seasons greetings to you both.
15th Dec 2011, 09:43   comments (0)

Gout - My Last on the Subject.

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1. Here we are moored at Marple junction yesterday afternoon while I hobbled around servicing the boat and Ginny did a quick bit of shopping.
2. Leaving Marple.
3. Enjoying the sunny calm before the storm.

Since returning to see the doctor last Thursday, having finished a course of prescribed steroids to start a new regime of prescription drugs, the pains in my right leg have returned with a vengeance; I'm now totally reliant on the Colchicine and Allopurinol, prescribed on Thursday for the rest of my life, to take effect and rid me of the problem once and for all. Only time will tell now. However, the only real relief I get is by taking a large dose of over the counter Ibruprofen and/or Paracetamol as well to get any respite from the pain, especially at night.

Should I have been referred to a specialist by now? This is now close to eight weeks of 'pain and discomfort', of being unable to walk properly and in all honesty the doctor hasn't instilled me with any confidence whatsoever. He never attempted to examine my foot and leg joints with any degree of real scrutiny; never checked my blood pressure despite plying me with prescription drugs; never mentioned or included my raised cholesterol level (7.2) during consultations other than when I did; he even asked me if I was diabetic. Shouldn't that have been part of the blood test results he had in front of him too? Shouldn't he have had the practice nurse do a good old 'prick' test? He spent more face-to-face time with his PC than with me, was late for two consultations with no apology and in hindsight has left me no better off than when I was managing my condition from information gleaned from the internet. In fact I'm left worse off and, other than seek a second or third opinion, my only sensible recourse would be to simply dial 999.

Here is my daily gout prescription drug timeline: 1/11/11-7/11/11 Diclofenac (150gm), 8/11/11-30/11/11 Naproxin (1000mg), 1/12/11-7/12/11 Prednisolene (40mg), 8/12/11-RiP Colchicine (1000mg), Allopurinol (300mg). Other than the Prednisolene steroid all supplemented by Ibroprufen (1600mg) or Paracetamol (2000mg) as required, which the doctor didn't question. Cost of the prescription drugs alone £37.

So there you have it. There are adults and children far worse off than me so that's the end of it. Having seen my Father and Mother suffer from gout, rheumatism and arthritis, me, Ginny and Gunner will just move on with our lives aboard 'wilvir', but ever more slowly, literally!
13th Dec 2011, 13:25   comments (6)

Spare a Thought

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At this time of year horses grazing in fields bordering the canal are either well looked after, as in the case of these two, or virtually left to fend for themselves, which is becoming all to common these days. Either way they are all vulnerable to the vagaries of the weather and can quickly succumb to a lack of basic care when temperatures drop rapidly, accompanied by prolonged spells of precipitation with no shelter or covers available.

So, if you see any signs of even minor distress amongst grazing animals, please enquire locally and let someone know. It will make all the difference and be appreciated.
5th Dec 2011, 17:38   comments (1)

A Brief Respite!

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The storm clouds part very briefly for the sun to shower the trees with gold and then was gone to be replaced once again by the gloom of sleet laden clouds.
5th Dec 2011, 15:37   comments (5)

Canal Boat Radio

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Keeping in touch 24/7 using the freedom of CB radio.
4th Dec 2011, 23:06   comments (0)

Our Nearest and Only Neighbour

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2nd Dec 2011, 18:55   comments (1)

Coming and Going

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This is Brian and Ann-Marie aboard narrowboat 'Alton' going about their fortnightly delivery run last weekend as they passed us moored above Strines.

They keep us supplied with essentials throughout the winter months as they ply their trade along the Upper Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canal. Its always a pleasure to hear the beat of 'Alton's engine and the klaxon heralding their approach. A cheerier couple you couldn't hope to meet, regardless of the weather and often wearing a rather fetching camouflage of coal-grime. Proper traditional!
27th Nov 2011, 15:26   comments (0)

A View from The Galley

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What a glorious morning!
27th Nov 2011, 12:16   comments (4)