... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Good intentions...

I really did mean to blog this trip. I even told everyone at work that they could read it if they wanted to know what I was doing on my holidays.

Then, when I tried to post, using Blogpress on the iPad, I constantly got a message along the lines of 'oh dear, you don't seem to have an internet connection.' No amount of swearing at it and shouting 'Yes I bloody well have, look, four bars and what do you think I've been reading for the past half your, not to mention sending emails', surprisingly, was able to convince it.

Then, as if that weren't enough, the iPad decided that it would not charge from any 12v source.  Tried a new connector, tried the car charger, nope.  Took it home and plugged it into its 240v charger, no problem.  It this a portent of worse problems to come - i.e. is it now on the verge of not charging at all? It has always previously charged happily, if slowly, from 12v.

So even when I rejoin the boat and go off again, it seems likely I won't be able to blog, unless I start doing it on the phone, which I suppose I might.

In the meantime, here is a picture of my Bugsworth Basin birthday mooring, in a rare sunny moment.


  1. Happy birthday Sarah.... dodgy Ipad, now come on we all know Apple stuff is great!

  2. Happy Birthday! We hope you had a really good 'bash'.
    Hope the iPad isn't terminally ill.
    Kath & Neil

  3. I have done a bit of research and it seems that the iPad needs 2 - 2.4 amps at 5v to charge, as against the 1 amp that standard 12v chargers provide. However, this doesn't explain why it's stopped charging at all on the same chargers on which it previously did charge, albeit slowly. I might try switching it off and letting it charge all night, see if that works. Next step is to get a 2 amp charger.

  4. Sarah,

    If all else fails a basic 150 watt (or thereabouts!) modified sine wave inverter from Maplin or similar could be croc-clipped directly to the boat battery(=/batteries in the engine room allowing you to charge devices through their mains "brick".
    We regularly do this on "Sickle" which has only the most basic of electrics. Just be careful croc clips can't touch anything else metal(!).

    Alternatively if you have cigarette style outlet for 12 volts, finding a USN adaptor that will give 2.4 amps is pretty straightforward - even the likes of Wilko stock these, (or Maplin again, but high steet sources are undoubtedly a lot more expensive than Amazon, eBay or similar).

  5. Hi, we arrived home this morning after completing the Four Counties plus a bit more in our week on the Grey Goose! Was great to meet you the other day even under the circumstances! lots of love Julie and the crew of the Grey Goose!

  6. Hi Julie, it was lovely to meet you too - and very fortunate!