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Archive for March 17th, 2010

Boat Blog: Desperate for a cruise….

Posted by indigodream on 17 March, 2010

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March

Richard went up to the boat on Saturday to install our new central heating timer and catch up with a few more jobs. He did not get as far as he wanted to as he spent too much enjoyable time talking to people on the towpath (and needed to rush back to watch the rugby). I had to stay at home to catch up with some outstanding work – if only my clients would pay me for doing nothing! He also serviced the engine, changed all the filters including the extra diesel filters on the engine line. Still on his engine to do list:  Filter on the webasto diesel line, check battery levels (DON’T FORGET TO TAKE A MIRROR NEXT TIME), check all bolts etc are tight, renew the weed hatch seal, give the stern tube its annual 1g of grease, check for water in the base of the tank, check for leaks and DON’T FORGET TO FILL IN THE SERVICING BOOK. Don’t worry he will be quizzed after his next trip but that won’t be this weekend as he is probably off to Ireland for an important work meeting somewhere not too far from Croke Park. Hmmm.

We’re counting down the days to our odyssey now – we’ll probably start out on w/e of the 27th March, just a few days before our permanent mooring comes free – that is very exciting but, as before, we will hardly use it  …

I’ve had a gloomy week – my work in Scotland has been very successful but I find business travel utterly exhausting. I also had the shocking bad news that my aunt died earlier this week after a brief and savage attack of lung cancer.  I vetoed a morning cruise today because I have to drive down to deepest West Wales this afternoon ready for the funeral tomorrow.

But I am desperate for a cruise – the mixture of peace, quiet and fresh air is a balm for all ills….

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