A Chill Wind

Today we have unusually felt cold on the boat. There is an icy wind blowing although virtually no snow left on the towpath. What there is has frozen into icy strands so quite treacherous. We aren’t iced in at present either. Over the many years we have lived in this area we have found that we have far less snow than other parts of the UK. Last winter was a real exception. From reading other blogs its obvious that most boaters are having it much harder.

We have had a leak from our shower over the past couple of weeks. Its a walk in shower with formica type boards on the walls. Formica doesn’t really describe the waterproof finish but its the best I can come up with. Its a type of shower covering that is commonly used in New Zealand but not so often here. The way that it is shaped at the bottom means that here are two separate lines of silicone sealant that can fail and Alan has done spot repairs in the past. This time he is using silicone remover to take out all the old sealant and then he will do it all from scratch. Because we can use the shower at home he can make sure that its done properly with no pressure to start using the shower again.

He had also made a hole in the wardrobe floor to check if there is any water in the bilges, recommended by our surveyor when we bought the boat but never got round to before. There was some water when he first looked a couple of weeks ago, we think from the incident of the flood under the sink. He removed a couple of basins of water and checked again today because we are pretty low on water and full on diesel so any further water was sure to have travelled to the back. A last basin of water was removed and now its dry.

There are advantages in staying put for a while!

Statistics so far:-

2141.60 Miles, 1209 Locks, 120 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 36 Tunnels

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