Arriving back on board Saturday afternoon, I’d been expecting to come across a very messy boat.
I’m pleased to report I was very pleasantly surprised.
Most of the work had been done to get our new multi-fuel stove fitted, and by the evening the partition wall had been sawn away too!
We chose Areandare in early 2013 predominantly for her fantastic storage space in the engine room and boatman’s cabin in readiness for The Home Brew Boat. The drawback was that the lounge/dining area and kitchen felt very ‘closed off’ compared to other narrowboats we’ve been in, and our previous boat Northern Pride.
Barry had postulated some time ago removing part of the dividing wall, and having the fire fitted at Oxley Marine seemed like a great opportunity to do this – and of course it would mean the heat from the fire spreading through the boat better
Barry had quite a pleasant few days ‘boat alone’ while I was with my eldest daughter and grandsons, and made some new buddies. Being moored adjacent to a canal side bar probably helped considerably! He enjoyed a few games of pool with the locals, and I’m sure there was lots of banter about all manner of topics.
I do sometimes wonder why people make out that women chat a lot, in my experience, especially on the waterways, men can talk for hours about goodness knows what!
We had a bit of a ‘ding’ on our propellor after the Parkhead festival which badly bent it. Sunday saw Areandare’s back end being hoisted out of the water to have a brand new prop fitted. Fingers crossed the insurance will cover that …
We left Oxley yesterday, our bank balance considerably reduced though not by as much as we’d feared. A fabulous bunch of blokes, very friendly and helpful, and they fitted us in despite being really busy. We’re extremely grateful, now we won’t freeze when the weather turns cold, which we’re told is going to happen very soon.
This evening we’re moored at the top of the Wolverhampton 21, and the fire is lit. It’s amazing to feel the cosiness of sitting in the boat with the warm glow of coal not far away.