It is ‘the best’ having DB a mere 2 boat breadths away to port, from AM, rather than at the end of the muddy field on the Cut. Chris is busy, daily, moulding DB into our new home-to-be. We have many helpful people in our midst and we are reminded to keep a smile on our dial as the boaters give us well meant advice. If only they knew the paths we have ventured these past 21 years!! It is good to be reminded that we as fellow helpful souls need to wait until we are asked for advice!
DB’s bathroom is now a room defined by 2 bulkheads. Today I lifted Della up to show her how a dog can be swung in our new bathroom. She wasn’t aware of any danger and enjoyed being able to view it at our level. The bathroom has a hip bath, bit like what we call a ‘shub’ in NZ and we’ll put in an over- shub shower! (try saying that quickly!!) Our new front loader washing machine, 420mm(d), will have pride of place in the bathroom and be positioned for its ballast quantity! The Twin Tub days are over and the little 'smiley lids' will move to a new home.
As I am on a laundry rant I have had a couple of altercations in our Marina Cell Block Latrine Laundry. Don’t get me wrong, the Laundry is fantastic unless you become targeted by a moorer who sets her personal timer to a minute before your load of washing in the Dryer times out. The Cow is there watching ‘0’ show on the machine and pulls my tumbled washing out and is in the process of filling the Dryer as I walk through the door! She has done this to me twice. I had to express my dislike, in strong words, at her behaviour. She tells me it is her right to remove my washing if I am not there! So you can guarantee that there will not be a third opportunity arising for her. Now I put in 50p more which gives me 25 minutes more to ensure that my clothes are almost baked. She lucked out her last visit. Laundry etiquette rules!
Back to DB. The Morso Squirrel multi fuel burner (multi meaning wood and coal) is a success. A discretionary adjustment measure ensures that the fire will perform well from first light. For the sake of Bureaucrapracy the discretionary measure will be revoked for the purposes of honest form filling. We are stocked up with kindling, thanks to fit out scraps, and coal and now we have bags of mini logs. In former days, in Portugal, we would have been trawling our hillsides for firewood. We did the same, sometimes, in NZ looking out for the Council felling trees. Now we remember the way we got warm is to gather, saw and chop wood. Now we just buy a bag from the shop. There was a damaging strong wind, recently, which felled a few trees. I was tempted to take AM out on the Cut to gather some logs from the towpath but it is not our priority these days!
DB is plugged into the electric meter and we have a couple of halogen lights indoors and the power tools no longer require the generator. We have a little yellow vacuum cleaner, Argos special, which glides over the floor, weekly, to make a tidy work space. Constant use would be frowned upon. I misplaced my trusty sander so, with encouragement, splashed out on a new one thanks to the ease of online shopping. The wonder tool arrived a couple of weeks ago, and in my spare time I have been sanding! It doesn’t sound like fun but it is rewarding to see that with the right density sanding paper and a sander fit for purpose that I believe I have 79% possibility that I can get the ceiling panels looking good.
In the New Year I am hopeful that I can spend more time working on DB and that I can keep the blogging update regular for a few weeks!!