Here we go again…………..

We can always tell when certain members of staff are on duty, it’s lunch time, and/or Management aren’t in the office.
We’ve been busy again varnishing inside the boat and putting the finishing touches to the new blinds. Hubby has made a To Do list and there are 39 items on it.
I even cooked a spaghetti bolognese today, so was looking forward to settling down this afternoon with the internet and catching up with all things catchable.
F A T   C H A N C E

Those three little words are standing about a mile high just over my head at the moment.
Neither Hubby or I could get in due to limited service and so called the office to ask them to reset the router.
Surprisingly, someone had already beaten us to it, and we were assured that everything would be up and running again in about five minutes.
That five minutes stretched to almost an hour.
Did the Rugby run into extra time then?
We finally got on line around 5.30, after everyone had gone home, but everything is slow again as the system is overloaded with users.

The marina’s busy this weekend, and we’ve noticed two new boats in our basin.
Neither are liveaboards, just weekenders planning to get away from the city two or three times a month.
Work in the other basin has progressed substantially, with the piling completed in readiness for the new housing development should a developer be found and the land sold.
The basin lies as one big pond, and it’s not clear when, or even if now, the dredging is going to take place as talking to the plant Foreman, they will be putting in the new piling for the new pontoons next week.
Then comes the installation of water lines and electrics, not to mention the proposed new wiring for internet connections and phone lines.
We envisage it as being a floating city of larger boats on a residential basis as they will be plugged in to modern living rather than the boating way of life so many residential narrowboat owners are being forced to give up.
Management are still not talking to residents, and even if they do, they are beginning to lose track of what they have told some people compared to others.
Trust here has gone, and whilst we are trying to maintain a neutral but polite relationship with the staff, we are finding it tiring and taxing on our nerves.


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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5 Responses to Here we go again…………..

  1. colinandray says:

    You can’t just cast-off and find another marina?

    • We have a residential mooring here (ie. an official address which is needed for the Tax Man, driving licence, passports, the Bank, insurance, and Dept of Health ) and whilst we could possibly get moorings elsewhere (if available) for less, they are not residential. Plus we have to consider the knock on effect such as location, would we be needing a car, facilities available, flood protection, etc. We’re paid up here until September so at least have some time, but we have another financial issue hanging over us again and if we lose that, our income is more than halved. To stay here we need £6000 pa and that is before we heat, eat, do laundry, run a small car or anything else. We live frugally anyway, but with the best will in the world I can’t make money out of thin air. I don’t have it in me to be a water gypsy and cruise all year. We would still have to find fuel to run the boat for that, and we just couldn’t do it. The hardest part in all this is waiting to see what happens next. In the meantime, all we can do is plan for the worst. 😦

  2. scifihammy says:

    For 500 pounds a month you could rent a small apartment. They really are overcharging you – considering you supply your own apartment!!
    Good Luck and I hope everything works out in the end.

    • To be honest, we don’t know which way things are going to go just now, so are planning for the worse case scenario. Luckily, we do have some options, and once we know the direction things will take, we can plan accordingly.

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