Friday, 29 January 2010

The Big Move

Well, this house moving is fun! The boat's all up and running now, the Heritage stove man came out and he was a 'problem-solver' rather than the regular engineer and he had tools with him that meant he could drill a hole into the tank and make sure the stove worked, instead of having to come out again. Hoorah for problem solvers!

What a difference the boat makes when it's warm! It actually feels like cheating not having to chop wood, forage for kindling and get the wood-burning stove going, but I think in my present state I can get used to it!

We'll need to get the electrician out though and work out how the batteries are operating for they are extremely noisy and the box is right beside our bed, so we need to get that sorted soon.

The main thing I'm finding with the slow process of moving things over bit by bit, is that lots of things are damp from the other boat. Two boxes of my Hidden album CD's are a little soggy - but I'm sure they'll dry out soon enough on this boat. I'm using them as part of a make-shift shelving unit. Jam's brilliant at finding useful things people leave outside as rubbish, true wombles we are, some lovely wood in a skip - that'll do nicely for the shelving thank you! Two little chairs, slightly damaged - perfect for the step base! Wonderful. I love it!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

New Year New Boat New Life

I'm not properly keeping up with this blog malarky, it's been a while, but a lot has happened and at least I don't have any followers to let down so far, it's only me and my own desire to write this every week! Must try harder!

So the big news is - I'm going to have a little baby, that's all a bit exciting! It means we are moving on to a bigger boat as well, I shall probably get stuck climbing on and off our lovely boat soon enough, so we're moving on to our neighbours boat, which is a beautiful wide-beam one with an Heritage stove, like an Aga, a separate bedroom and bathroom, it needs some work doing to it because it's a brand new build and so the floor needs painting, bathroom tiling, pipes all need boxing in and steps into the boat need building, so we've got some work to do, but we're getting there, slowly!

We were meant to be moving on at the beginning of January but the pipe for the Aga to the diesel was drilled into the top of the diesel tank instead of the bottom and has caused a few problems, so we need to wait for the coal boats to come along and buy some more diesel and some spare so that we can work out exactly how high up the pipe is. Muppets in the boat building yard!

It's been one thing after another with this boat but hopefully we can get on there soon, be warm and dry and not damp and cramped and get the boat properly 'shaken down'. Can't wait to have enough space to lie down on a rug and streeeeeetch!