Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spring has sprung


So we went to the chandlers to buy an anchor, we need an anchor for the Thames.

There is a compromise  involved i.e. how heavy an anchor is needed to stop a 19 ton boat plus the weight of the chain and rope attached to said anchor, against the lifting capabilities of the weakest crew member, me!

So the conversation in the chandlers went like this.

'How much does your boat weigh'
'19 tons'
'How much can you lift?'
'I can lift almost 30 kilos'
'No you can't, that's much to heavy for you'
'Yes I can, I can lift 2 paper boxes at a time and they weigh between 13 & 15 kilos each'
'No you can't, try to lift this anchor, it's 9 kilos'
I picked up 2 at once, conversation over!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

My Armageddon cupboard

I'm an avid follower of MFin3 and I love her idea of an Armageddon cupboard so I've made a list of things to keep in the cupboard on the boat.

There may be times on the journey home when we cannot moor near a supermarket or we  have to push on and not moor, if this is so I want to be able to feed us for a few days without panicking.

I have 3 cupboards in the galley on the boat, one for pots, pans and ovenware, one for crockery and one for food, the cupboards are small, not a standard kitchen cupboard size and each has 2 shelves.

I will stock long life milk, my beloved won't touch it, but if I decant it into a milk bottle he cannot tell the difference, I will also have part baked baguettes, the rest will be mainly tins.

Tinned fruit, mandarins, peach slices, pineapple and fruit cocktail. Vegetables, peas, carrots, mushrooms, beans baked and mixed. Meat, corned beef, stewing steak, chicken supreme, ham, hot dogs and a couple of Fray Bento's pies. not what we'd usually eat but good for emergency cover.

The freezer will hold bacon,  sausages, ice cream and frozen peas.

The fridge will hold milk, eggs, cheese and fresh vegetables.

Monday, 20 March 2017

I can't get away from the buggers

I think I've said before that there are teachers, just normal people who happen to teach and then there are TEACHERS. I spent a lot of today dealing with the latter, much to the detriment of my stress levels.
Usually weekends are free of both sorts of teachers, unfortunately one of our neighbour in the Marina is a TEACHER! Ye God's and little fishes, my cup runneth over!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Pics from this weekend

Boats in the basin.

Repaired tiller.

View from the galley windows.
The big pond is very full.

Plants on next doors boat.

It's in but not working yet.

'Free Gifts'

A small bag and a mitt

To go with the Morso Squirrel stove.

The flue needs fitting

And the hearth needs it's oak trim.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Busy, busy

Because we are away every weekend I have to fit everything else in after work, on Tuesday I left work at 2 and didn't get home until 8pm, yesterday I met up with DD1 and didn't get home until 8:30pm.
Today it's not too bad, I've been to the doctors, chemist, bank, petrol station and supermarket and got home by 4pm.

Rumours abound at work, my L&M's line manager is being replaced, it seems his team's shift system will be changing yet again. They will be expected to cover all day Saturday and Sunday, I'm not sure how it's going to work with only three people, time will tell.

On the boat, the pram cover is almost ready, the multifuel stove is in, we will be hooked up to shore power again this weekend. We're meeting the previous owners for a handover Saturday morning and I'm taking another shedload of cleaning cloths to continue cleaning the boat, the kitchen cupboards are full of all the cleaning stuff that mustn't be used on the canals, so I taking stuff with me that can be used.  I'm also taking extra bedding so my L&M doesn't freeze again.