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A stealth Narrowwboat (really a wide beam) in the marina.


We looked at this 2 years ago (I think) – and liked it, but it has a few features we could not live with, so we went for a slightly more traditional widebeam.

But it looks cool!

And the most interesting thing about the Pico is the chip in the middle of the picture, the one with the Raspberry Pi logo on it!


The RP2040 has :

Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ @ 133MHz
264KB (remember kilobytes?) of on-chip RAM
Support for up to 16MB of off-chip Flash memory via dedicated QSPI bus
DMA controller
Interpolator and integer divider peripherals
30 GPIO pins, 4 of which can be used as analogue inputs
2 × UARTs, 2 × SPI controllers, and 2 × I2C controllers
16 × PWM channels
1 × USB 1.1 controller and PHY, with host and device support
8 × Raspberry Pi Programmable I/O (PIO) state machines
USB mass-storage boot mode with UF2 support, for drag-and-drop programming



Woke up early this morning and it started snowing :


So we went for a long walk and it looks like a lot of parent and kids had decided that this was their chance to get the sledges out




I have never seen one of these before



It was clearly just ice – as soon as I felt it with a warm finger it melted.

A search on Google identifies as “hair ice” – and it only happens at certain temperatures early in the morning in places with high humidity (or something like that)

Driving over the Thames it’s easy to see that it’s running heavy at the moment


One of the best purchases we have ever made was our Kamado Joe barbecue – a Kamado. It’s now quite a few year old – but it does not look like we need to refer to the 25-year warranty in the near future.

This picture is from New Years eve.


The barbecue itself looks and behaves as if it was new – but I do need to replace the wood on the shelves on the side of the barbecue.

The glowing thing on the left shelf is a open source BBQ computer – it is conned ted to 2 thermometers in the barbecue – one above the fire-it, and one stuck into the steak I was barbecuing. It means that I can check on the steak from inside – and not come out to find a brick of charcoal instead of a steak. And by the way – this is a charcoal BBQ – not electricity or gas involved in this part of the process.

The metal hose on the left hand side is sucking in the air above the BBQ vent on top of the BBQ, and running it through a big filter sitting on the ground. This is to reduce the smoke going into our neighbours flat – as being a good neighbour counts. You can also just see the blower on front of the BBQ – the speed of the fan is controlled by the BBQ computer – and manages to keep the temperature to the ideal level for a very long time.

We went for a Sunday walk along the Way, as it was a beautiful day.

And one of the boats we saw was this one


A paddleboat narrowboat!Paddelboat

And then beautiful mooring for a pair of traditional narrowboats

Narrowboat moorings

I am not a professional chef – far from it, but I do have a foolproof (and lazy) way of making porridge for breakfast. I do it in our Onepot – which is really a modern take on the old pressure cooker with a bit of electronics to make life easier.


Put one cm or so of water in the bottom, and a stand to put a glass bowl with the ingredients in the pot. Set it to full pressure and for 20 minutes. Press the button and wait.

De-pressurise the pot, and you have some of the best porridge you can get. And it is 100% reliable.

Ingredients :

80 grams of big oats

560 grams of milk (I know – do it in grams to make my life easier as I already have the bowl on the scales)UntitledImage

Our boat came with a very nice kitchen, and a Belfast sink. All very nice, but it was draining at a extremely slow pace. After checking for blocks etc. we discovered that the fall between the outlet of the sink, and the outlet from the boat, there was next to no vertical drop.

So the solution would be to either move the Belfast sink up, or install a punp.

I went for the last option, and as I wanted this running off the boats 12V system (we have 230V mains as well – but for lots of reasons I did not consider this a good solution). And that led us to the Whale Gulper pump.


Reading up on marine pumps it comes very highly recommended – so we ordered one, and today was the day to install it.

All very simple, and when I connected it to 12V it immediately drained the sink! Success.

Now I just need to find a suitable switch for it – but that’s for the next visit to the boat.