And the day goes on

We were up by 9am, dressed and ready to go…… sort of.
Hubby slept pretty well after I got back, I had an hour blogging, then curled up on the bench with a sleepy hound now beside me, and caught 40 odd winks myself.

As to what was on the agenda today, one word: WINTER.

Now you may think why, in September, are we thinking about the winter.
Easy. We live on a boat, and living on a boat is definitely NOT the same as living in a house, whatever the time of year.
But with the colder weather closing in, we probably have a few more things to consider, and need to be prepared.

This morning has brought it a bit closer to the forefront of our minds thanks to that little bugbear called condensation, so common in caravans, mobile homes and of course boats.
Although ours is only 2 years old, we do not have the luxury of double glazing, not that it would actually help us as the glass is not the problem, but the metal frames which condensate when there are changes in temperature and humidity.
Temperatures today are going to be around 13º, and it’s going to be cloudy so unlikely to have much sun to warm up our metal floating caravan.

Last year we learned a lot about living afloat in the colder months, all of which were documented here, our mistakes and all.
We already have the frames for our porthole windows when the time comes, and I made enquiries yesterday about the £1 ‘clingfilm’ double glazing kits which should come into stock in the next few weeks.  The double glazing panels we made last year have been discarded and we will be using the clingfilm on those windows too.

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seating area

We also have a few ideas about revamping our living area, which will include taking out the bench seats and replacing them with more comfortable armchairs.

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seating area showing bow doors

We can’t utilise space on the bow for winter living as the covers aren’t watertight and with the doors open, we can’t keep the boat warm.
Rather than have a multi fuel stove, it may be more practical to put in a radiator on the one side, something Hubby can do himself.

The kitchen will also see some changes, though we’re not sure exactly what yet.

Digital CameraI can manage quite well with just a hob and the microwave so we will dispose of the full cooker and move the fridge. There is dead space in the corner, so if we can get away with everything in a straight line, a smaller fridge with the microwave on top both under the worktop and a built-in hob above them will go there instead. The sink and drainer may be replaced with one that has a removable cover to provide extra work space when needed, and we need to change the filter tap for something much more sensible in design and cost (the tap turns on at the slightest touch (not good) and replacement filters are only available from a US company at a cost of almost £200, not dollars, plus P&P) .
Again, Hubby can do this himself.

We will lose some storage, but some of the bulky stuff under the seats hasn’t been touched since we arrived, so we can apply our rule that if we haven’t needed it in 6 months (read a year) then we obviously don’t need it at all. We can modify the angular cupboard (top picture) to be long and narrow for our tin store, and the gap left where the fridge is at the moment can be reduced in width and utilised as another cupboard/drawers or combination of the two. This will also give us a bit more living space for our chairs, and by having small ottoman type footstools, we can store small things in those.
ottomanMaggie may even get a proper bed which can be put in front of the new radiator!

For the past six months, we have been putting by whatever we can towards the cost of a revamp for our personal comfort to lessen the impact on our remaining savings.
Our first 2015 improvement is the purchase of an over the radiator towel rail for the bathroom. Not to go over the radiator (we only have a small heated hand rail in there) but to hang over the shower door, as towels air so much quicker and better when they are spread out instead of scrunched up hanging on a hook!
radiator hangerThis cost the grand sum of…………….. one pound (though it had to modified a little as it was too long) .

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! 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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8 Responses to And the day goes on

  1. colinandray says:

    Sounds like some interesting plans there and, as long as your “other half” is comfortable with plumbing jobs, costs shouldn’t be that great should they? 🙂

  2. scifihammy says:

    Sounds like some good plans you got there 🙂 Look forward to reading about your re-modelling. And I love the little teddies on the sofa 🙂

    • We had loads of teddies, quite a Hug in fact and sadly had to give most of them away. The guys on the sofa are Grandad (my bear that Hubby gave new paws to), Rembrandt (a pilot bear we bought from a store on the Canal bus route on our second visit to Amsterdam which coincided with my first flight) and Wedginald, my bodyguard from my banking days who didn’t like violence and was armed with a water pistol!

  3. I hope remodeling your boat will be less eventful than my house renovations! By the way, I love the pictures of your boat – it looks like you have things set up very nicely already.

    • Been there, done that with the house DIY. I was very good with a sledgehammer, one thump and the whole wall went (it was intended) and it took longer to clear up the rubble.
      We haven’t done anything to the boat this first year, apart from convert the shower into a cupboard, though it can be converted back if necessary. We wanted to see what it was like and then think about improvements to suit us. When we start, entries will follow. 🙂

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