After a good night’s sleep, and watching the Lincolnshire dawn this morning, we had an excellent breakfast and were on the road by 7.45.
Hubby had written out our route, and we had our walkie talkies turned on as we set off in tandem.
We turned left out of the B&B, right onto the main road, and right again onto what we thought was the A52, only to discover it was the A17, and so Hubby’s route was wrong before we’d gone 10 yards.
Luckily, we knew roughly where we’d end up, so carried on, and had no problems whatsoever with the journey, which took us just under 4 hours to travel 144 miles, most of it non motorway and through towns, but that did include 2 potty breaks for the dog and one for us (all that tea first thing!).
I was looking forward to cooking a proper meal tonight, using a BIG saucepan and my MICROWAVE, but as things turned out, I couldn’t find my microwave dishes so
improvised with just the saucepan. We had a very nice corned beef hash though, thank you very much.
We’ve kind of unloaded half of a car insomuch as moving stuff from one to the other to make room for the three of us to do a charity shop run of clothes that are all two sizes too big and most of which were still in their original wrappings.
Getting the microwave inside was a game….. I could not walk through the galley alongside the bathroom frontwards or sideways as it narrows at waist level and holding the damn thing made me too wide!
Hubs got round it by kind of shuffling in and rounding his shoulders, and it is now sitting next to the cooker. Looks very nice.
My saucepans were a puzzle, but with a bit of jiggery pokery and remembering to turn the lids upside down and putting them in side by side, they fitted nicely under the oven in the little cubby hole designed for such things. OK, I admit I will have to take them ALL out when I want to use one, but hey, I got them in. It was a good move to ditch the largest, the crock pot, pressure cooker and steamer, as they would have stood no chance! (I have 3 of different sizes and a frying pan, perfect.)
Sewing machine, printer and laminater have all fitted splendidly where we had allocated space for them (no shoe horn required), and we have considerable space for what is still left in the cars (books, DVDs, CDs, linens, etc). I can’t say we’ve got lots because, well, we haven’t, but so far so good.
We did have a little problem with one holdall of clothes that had a musty smell. This one hadn’t been stored in my car, so it had probably got damp as everything cooled down just over two months ago when we first put it in storage.
Not to worry, we did a wash load, and everything has come up nicely. They will all be put in one of the storage boxes under our bed ready to be rotated with the winter/summer ‘fashionable’ needs. I haven’t quite worked out where we’re going to store our cases yet.
The car boots (trunk) will be empty, so that’ll solve the problem temporarily if necessary.
After tomorrow, our tatty tee shirts, frayed underwear, holey socks and badly stained joggers will be BINNED (we’ll say a few words to show our last respects) and we will look presentable rather than the two scruffy ragamuffins we’ve felt like for the last 9 weeks.
With the threatened change in the weather, we won’t be cold because not only do we have our jumpers, but nice thick coats, AND my crocheted blankets for the bed.
We can start making the boat into a home, and have ideas for little shelving areas for the few knick knacks we kept, and my family photo compilations will all be redone to cover a work top, then covered with glass to protect it.
We have some possible solutions for hanging our favoured pictures and my mother’s tapestries (will all need to be professionally reframed), and I have some NZ cloth ‘placemats’ that I intend to back our round window cakeboards with.
Tomorrow I will buy some blue tac to attach our house motto to the ‘front door’ :
A little Love, A little Kindness,
A little Hug, A little Smile,
A little Thank You, A little Forgiveness,
A little Understanding, A little Kiss.
In our house, you see, a little goes a long, long way.
Living on a boat now there’s a lot of truth in that!