On Wednesday morning, M left for home for a few days from Stone Railway station, a lovely old building squeezed between two main line tracks.
Recently we have been having problems with the domestic batteries on MM. They should provide 550amp-hours (ah) of power but lately the voltage has been dropping very rapidly - so that instead of giving over 12 volts, early in the morning they have been down to 10 volts. Research indicated that they were coming to the end of their life. Not actually unreasonable, given that we have used them a lot and they have done close to 300 "cycles", which is their nominal lifespan.
The marina chandlery was very helpful but couldn't get a fresh set of batteries before the weekend; however, the internet provided a "next day delivery" opportunity and so R ordered five new batteries for Friday delivery. They are the same make as before, but slightly more powerful, providing a total 600 ah capacity.
On the Friday, when the batteries arrived, R installed them and was so pleased that he went and treated himself to dinner in the marina's Bistro.
Wow! The Marina is a family concern and they describe themselves as "foodies". They're not kidding! The food in the Bistro was spectacular. The menu even showed the distance that each main item had travelled - in the case of the lamb, it was 4 miles! R said it was the best lamb he had ever tasted, outside of the Lake District.
They also have a huge farm shop, full of local produce. Again, a "foodies" paradise.
The moon, just past its first quarter, was shining brightly in a starry sky as we walked the short distance back to MM.
Getting to Aston Marina: 2 miles, 2 locks and 6.5 hours (mainly power).
Trip: 386 miles, 306 locks and 326.8 hours.