finding our webbed feet

Day 3.

The resident rooster-duck has adopted part of our pontoon and was practically banging on the window for breakfast this morning. We had yet another good nights sleep, but oh the fun we had in bed!
Get your minds out of the gutter, and I’ll explain.


Bear in mind that we only have our camping gear to hand and this includes bedding.
In a fit of frustration whilst having a clear out of the car, Hubby in all his wisdom ditched the sheet and quilt. So, on our first night aboard, we used the quilt cover as a base sheet, and were covered by the cotton throwover which was Maggie’s sign that she was allowed up on the bed when we were in the house. Obviously in the early hours, we got cold, so the second night, we unzipped the two single sleeping bags and used them as ‘blankets’ on top of said throwover. Thing is, they were nylon, and kept slipping off the bed, as did we every time we sat on it.
Still, we settled in last night, dog, self and Hubby, and woke up this morning with next to no covers, and the dog wrapped in the only remaining corner.
I realised that our bedding in storage is all KING SIZE and will therefore be massive on our new 4 foot bed here, so today we have purchased a new double duvet and duvet set.
I have a serious problem with pricing and value for money.
I am sure I am not alone in this, but the way things are priced these days, it’s no wonder we, the consumer, buy more than we need, or actually want.
Duvets are a perfect example.
Let’s forget the posh name brands which started at £18 (my guess about $26) for a single and concentrate on the budget lines.
Summer weights started at £3.99, but I was after something for the winter months rather than have to heap (and store later) piles of blankets on the bed.
A single duvet was available at £7.99 ($12)
A double was £12.99 ($18) and a king size £11.99 ($17).
That actually is not a bad price, but doubles aren’t as popular now and so a little more expensive.
Now move along the shelf a bit.
For £9.99 (about $14), you could get a ‘full bed pack’ which consisted of a double duvet, 2 pillows AND a mattress protector.
For £11.99 you could get a ‘comfy bed pack’ of double duvet and 2 pillows.
For £12.99, you could get a double duvet.
All single equivalents were £3 cheaper, all king size £2 dearer.
We already have pillows, and the last mattress protector we had made us both sweat so much, the mattress was almost dripping, but value for money is of the essence, and so we bought the comfy bed pack. The duvet is great, and the pillows look like the ‘double whoopie burger’ from Michael Douglas’s film ALL FALL DOWN, as they are vacuum packed and flat as a pancake.
The duvet set I bought is blue and white to match the boat, and it’s highly possible so will we be in the morning if this heatwave continues and we sweat during the night!
We also purchased a cheap saucepan to tide us over (all I have is a frying pan and a camping kettle), and a set of cheap cutlery on a hanging rail as there isn’t a single drawer anywhere on board! Four mugs cost half as much as two singles, and I need to get a couple of plates as we only have our 2 stainless steel cereal bowls!

We may therefore be going to sort out our storage sooner than expected!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to finding our webbed feet

  1. I am so thrilled you are blogging about your experiences on a boat! I have long thought that would be the best way to handle a EOTWAWKI situation. Now just to convince the significant other!

    • All I can say at this stage is that it’s different! It certainly wasn’t what we intended anyway, but all things considered, it seems to have been the best option.

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