Not Nice……. Ice!

Don’t get me wrong, I like our boat. It’s cosy and warm, easy to keep clean, and we have everything we need.
We knew the colder months were going to be a trial and test for us, and so far we have been addressing the problems as and when they have arisen (hence pram and cratch covers, secondary glazing, oil filled heaters, hot water bottles etc).

It was cold last night. We knew it was going to be so the bottles were put in the bed, we had our hot chocolate and mallows beforehand, and snuggled up close when we got under the duvet.
Maggie snuggled in close to me and also had an extra layer for warmth. We slept well.

I have mentioned the condensation problems and our efforts to reduce it.
This morning we both had mini showers……….. from condensation on the metal door frame at the helm and the window frames in the kitchen.
What we weren’t prepared for was ICE…….. inside.

I found myself thinking about my childhood, the days before central heating and double glazing, when most people had coal fires, heavy curtains at their windows and doors, hot water bottles and masses of blankets on the beds.
I can’t remember mopping up windows every morning, but I do remember cold bathroom floors, fluffy slippers, flannelette PJs and woolly dressing gowns.
slippers pjs dressing gown

Outside, the pontoon, river bank, buildings, cars and boats were white.

frostyHeavy frost indeed, as temperatures had gone down to minus 3, but we hadn’t realised that, until we woke up that is.

Today has therefore been spent purchasing a broom handle and clingfilm secondary glazing kit from the pound shop, large cup hooks and a fleecy throwover from a discount store, and 2 short lengths of batten from a DIY outlet.
Hubby is making a ‘mid frame’ for our kitchen windows so that we can secondary glaze the bottom half, leaving the opening parts accessible for when I cook.
The broom handle and cup hooks will support the throwover across the doorway at night, which hopefully will stop warm air hitting the cold metal which has been resulting in the condensation.

The radiators and dehumidifier are going all night, so the electricity meter is in a permanent spin, but we anticipated that and have allowed for it in the winter budget.
That multi fuel burner will definitely be going in next year though!



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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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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9 Responses to Not Nice……. Ice!

  1. It is good that you are both adaptable people and can work on the issues as they come up.

    There is a product that many people that live in travel trailers use called “Damp Rid” – don’t know if they have it there, but it helps to pull excess moisture from the air. Maybe a product like that could help?

  2. janegundogan says:

    I wondered how the colder months would affect you all. I imagine its going to be quite the learning curve throughout the winter. But we are edging closer to spring – day by day by day.

  3. Growing up in Wisconsin we had four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and August. My memories are heavily sprinkled with massive amounts of quilts at night, the wood stove chugging away at all hours of the day and night–reaching all rooms of the house apart from my bedroom, and waking to find that you could see your breath in the morning. It was cold.
    Snuggle up!

    • We’re used to wet, wetter, dripping and drenched, so seeing a bit of sunshine today was like something out of a sci fi movie. I tend to get too hot at night whilst Hubby is chilled, so we are going to buy another duvet (for me) so that Hubby can have the double and do his slug impression! Snuggles are of course the norm!!!

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