SPRINGING INTO MARCH!
AT LONG LAST SPRING HAS ARRIVED!.....
With over 2,000 miles of inland waterways to explore in the UK and Northern Ireland are you ready to set sail? Well after the long winter we are sure the answer is YES! but before you cast off onto our liquid highways, you need to make sure your narrow boat is in tip top condition before you embark on your first adventure.
Its time to de-winterise your narrow boat
It doesn't seem two minutes ago we were telling you how to Winterise your narrowboat! But now is the time to put things in reverse and get your boat ready for cruising. Hopefully if you left your boat over the winter months, you took our advice on how to winterise your narrow boat and you are now ready to get her prepared for some amazing cruising.
Simply Follow Our 5 Step Guide:
1. Water. In
the winter you would have left the taps open, drained down and turned
off the water system. Now is the time to turn off the taps and switch on the
water pump. Once the water pump is back on, turn on each tap to let the water
run through it. Start with the tap closest to the pump this will help push out
any air locks. Check for leaks at each stage.
Drain the tank and then refill it before you use the water.
2. Engine. Visually
check the engine and surrounding pipework for any obvious leaks or frost damage.
Check the oil and coolant levels in the engine. Change the gearbox oil.
3. Electrics. Turn
on all electrical appliances and close all opened doors. Ensure the supplies on board are functioning correctly before use.
Check the stern gland and grease as
necessary. Check the weed hatch rubber seal, for debris round the prop and make
sure that the prop nut/split pin is secure.
all your soft furnishings and other items that you removed over the winter to stop them getting damp.
KEEP FIT INSPIRATION
Hopefully we will now start to enjoy some better weather and we can embark on some new/old outdoor activities. If you are looking at ways to get fit then have ago at running. It's totally free and can be enjoyed at any time of day with friends, with your dog or on your own. If you haven't run before or for a while then build yourself up to running any sort of distance, don't try and take on long distances in the early stages this will only put you off and potentially you could injury yourself.
Jogging and running tips;
Set yourself a goal. Don't set
the bar too high to begin with you can always set harder goals in the
- Buy a decent pair of trainers!
- Keep a diary to record your
- Run with a friend to keep you
motivated and company
- Mix it up with interval
training and different routes
- Join a running club to find new
*Always seek your doctors advice before starting any new life style change.
MARCH HEALTH TIPS
To compliment your
jogging/running regime make sure you have a balanced diet, stretch before and
after your workout and get plenty of rest.
Tracking devices are a great
way to monitor your progress, so if the running becomes part of your regular
routine consider purchasing a sports watch. Download some running apps that set training goals these are a great tool for newbies!
Cut down on Alcohol...
Quit Smoking... Maintain a Healthy Weight... Stay Positive!
FOODIE IDEAS FOR MARCH
Why bother eating seasonal food? Seasonal food is fresher
and so tends to be tastier
and more nutritious.It's also cheaper so be smart shopper and buy seasonal and locally produced foods.
Seasonal ingredients you will be able to source this month include; Cockles, Oyster, Sardine,
lamb, wood pigeon, crab, langoustine, lobster, plaice, prawns, salmon, sea trout, shrimp, whitebait.
Fruit and Veggies include; cauliflower, kale, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, salsify, spinach, spring onions, swede, wild nettles,
bananas, blood oranges, kiwi fruit, lemons, oranges, passion fruit, pineapple and rhubarb
So lets start cooking...
THIS MONTHS TOP BOATING TIP
This month we strongly advise you to organise blacking, engine service and any maintenance work needed with your local engineer or marina as soon as possible.
At this time of year you will find that every man and his boat is wanting something doing, so get in there quick and book your boat in!.
IN THE MONTH OF MARCH WE CELEBRATE..
|March, 2017 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
1 Ash Wednesday - date varies
1 National Pig Day
1 Peanut Butter Lovers' Day.
2 Old Stuff Day
3 Caregiver Appreciation
3 Employee Appreciation Day first Friday
3 I Want You to be Happy Day
3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day
3 National Anthem Day
3 National Salesperson Day - first
Friday in the month
3 Peach Blossom Day.
4 Holy Experiment Day
4 Hug a GI Day
5 Multiple Personality Day.
6 Dentist's Day
6 National Frozen Food Day.
7 National Crown Roast of Pork Day.
8 Be Nasty Day
8 International (Working) Women's Day.
9 Panic Day
9 Popcorn Lover's Day second Thursday.
10 Middle Name Pride Day.
11 Johnny Appleseed Day
11 Worship of Tools Day - (guys, you
12 Girl Scouts Day
12 Plant a Flower Day.
13 Ear Muff Day
13 Jewel Day.
14 Learn about Butterflies Day
14 National Potato Chip Day
14 National Pi Day- Why today? Because today
is 3.14, the value of Pi.
15 Dumbstruck Day
15 Everything You Think is Wrong Day
15 Ides of March.
16 Everything You Do is Right Day
16 Freedom of Information Day
16 Incredible Kid Day - date varies.
17 Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
17 Submarine Day - (the hero sandwich
or the boat??)
17 Saint Patrick's Day
18 Goddess of Fertility Day
18 National Quilting Day - third Saturday
18 Supreme Sacrifice Day
19 Poultry Day
20 International Earth Day
20 Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
20 Proposal Day
21 Credit Card Reduction Day
21 Fragrance Day
21 National Agriculture Day - date
21 Tea for Two Tuesday - third
Tuesday in March
22 National Goof Off Day
23 Melba Toast Day
23 National Chip and Dip Day
23 National Puppy Day
23 Near Miss Day
24 National Chocolate Covered Raisin
25 Pecan Day
25 Waffle Day
26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
26 National Spinach Day
27 National "Joe" Day
28 Something on a Stick Day
28 Weed Appreciation Day
29 National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
29 Smoke and Mirrors Day
30 National Doctor's Day
30 I am in Control Day (great day to buy a boat!)
30 Take a Walk in the Park Day
31 Bunsen Burner Day
31 National Clam on the Half Shell
31 World Backup Day
|Looks like we are going to be VERY busy! |
BOATING EVENTS IN MARCH
IWA towpath walks, Limehouse - Thames – Docklands
5th March 2017, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Westferry DLR (by cycle hire point)
Get your walking boots on as you walk from Limehouse to
Turnerwood Feeder Lock Open Weekend 11th March 2017, 10am to 12th March 2017, 4pm
Turnerwood Feeder Lock
Come along to Turnerwood Feeder Lock Open Weekend and see
what works are happening around the site.
Tringford Pumping Station Open Day 11th March 2017, 11am
Head along to Tringford pumping station Open Day and meet
Stourbridge Lock 3 Open Day 12th March 2017, 10am to 4pm
Lock 3 on Stourbridge Canal. Come along to Stourbridge Lock
3 Open Day, and take a look at the works happening around the site.
Afternoon Tea at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre
Mother's Day afternoon tea and boat trip
26th March 2017
Standedge Visitor Centre. Treat Mum to something unique this
year with a guided boat trip into Britain's longest, highest and deepest canal
tunnel followed by a delicious afternoon tea overlooking the Huddersfield
CRUISE, JOG, RUN OR DRIVE. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU GET HERE JUST COME AND SEE US SOON!