Saturday, 26 January 2008
- Pete goes to the Elsan point 2 - 3 times a week to empty cassettes from the loo. Don't worry, this is as decorous as it can be and a lovely green fluid makes sure it's all as far as possable from what we think this could be like! We are closer to some parts of nature than we have previously been, but anyone who has ever been in a caravan will understand.
- Pete (usually) fills us up with water every other day. Elizabeth enjoys running the washing machine while this is happening ("Is that tank not full yet?!").
- Pete (we told you he was chief ship's management!) fills up the scuttle with coal every day and goes to Rugby fuels about once every two weeks. Unless, of course, fuel comes to us, as you saw in a December blog post.
- Pete (again!) makes sure the central heating runs...
A usual morning is:
Pete gets up, stops at the plumbing, turns on the central heating, gets the ash out of the stove and puts on more coal.
Elizabeth gets up, stops at the plumbing, begins to open curtains each window until she gets to the lounge, takes the kettle from the stove and puts it on the cooker for boiling for tea, continues to open curtains until she gets to the back door, puts Josie's snuggle (soft muzzle) in place then lets Josie do her version of visiting the plumbing.
Pete continues to get the fire back to roaring and then logs on to flickr to see how his photo world is going.
Elizabeth prepares breakfast (yogurt, fruit, walnuts, home-made bread for toast, tea...), while also wiping condensation off window frames.
Pete gets the vitamin boxes full for the day.
Both eat breakfast while reading novels (Pete is on a Jan Grissen book and Elizabeth is now on to Alexander McCall Smith, having finished Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eyes.)
So, all quite boring really. But its lovely.
Monday, 14 January 2008
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
As suspected, we are still moored, with hardly a move. Just right for the cold and frozen canal. However, we did move to the other side of the marina yesterday to fill up with diesel. The toasty central heating is a bit hit and miss at the moment, and we realised it was a little low on fuel! Not quite back up to scratch with the re-fuel, but we're getting there. It was a lovely jaunt through the marina, nonetheless, whetting our apetite to move ... very frustrating waiting out the winter!
Hopefully like us, you had a wonderful Christmas. Sadly, Bella was on her own as Pete, Elizabeth and Josie went first to James' for Christmas day, on to Andrew and Sarah (one of Pete's brothers and sister-in-law) for Boxing Day and to our friend Clare (missing Mike on board ship) for the 27th. Home to Bella for the 28th, we rapidly fell into cold and flu. But what better place to be cosy and get better?
New Years Eve found us breaking open the bottle of bubbly while standing on Bella's stern to take in all of Rugby's midnight fireworks. Wonderful!!
Pictures will follow.