It has been an odd couple of days, and when it’s been time to settle down with the laptop and WP in the evening, we’ve been having a few problems.
But you know, we’re used to it, the getting pi55ed off, the signal constantly bouncing in and out, and are just getting on with ‘other things’ biding our time.
We have been busy finishing off varnishing the inside of the boat today, and she has come up an absolute treat. The weather has been glorious, so I have been in a tee shirt working on my tan ( 😉 ) much to the shudders of other boaters still in woollies and heavy coats.
Tomorrow will see us working on the outside, touching up the paintwork and cleaning the covers. Luckily, we will have no ducks or moorhens to evict.
Yesterday saw us having a field trip to a new marina that was due for completion in November. We had already registered our interest and were told it was not going to be completed this year, but hopefully early next.
The site is indeed a very nice field at the moment, neatly marked out with barriers and little else. Other people have also made enquiries, and the date has been put back to November 2018 now. But it is in a beautiful location (or will be).
Moving on, we decided to check out a broker we had spoken to on the phone in case we have to go the other way and sell up.
The marina concerned was wonderful. New wet rooms (3 each in ladies and gents), laundry with three washers and three driers (and cheaper rates than here) and a moorer’s lounge with soft sofas, coffee facilities and a big TV.
A definite choice to relocate to should we be able to keep the boat, made even more attractive by mooring fees of over £1000 cheaper than what we paid LAST YEAR!
We are passing the word.
TPTB here have decided to turn a right angle (rather than a full U turn) and reduced their original
rip off residential fee to increases of £40/£62 per metre for narrowboats (previously different rates in different basins) and £30 per metre for widebeams. Should the increase of 2% across the board be applied instead, we would have been looking at an additional £75, not £500.
It’s still considered extortion though and already several boatowners are making plans to move in the next month or so.
We now have a Shower Phantom on site which has thrown the management into a tizzy.
There is a notice on the toilet block doors saying that someone has been turning on all of the showers after 5 pm and leaving them to run continuously overnight. The warning has been made that should this continue, the showers/toilets will be locked from 5pm until 8.30am without prior notice.
Hubby and I walk the dog every night between 9 and 10pm, sometimes later.
Each time, we use the toilets. No running showers.
We have got up in the middle of the night, sometimes both of us walking Maggie, and have used the toilets. No running showers.
I was walking Maggie at 6.35 the other morning. No running showers.
I went into the office to offer them a time window of our movements to try and narrow it down for them. I was told that it has happened on three consecuative nights in the gents around 6.30 in the morning.
That’s not exactly running all night then is it, especially as the cleaner comes in around 7am.
One shower is unfortunate, two coincidence, but all three? Smells like Sabotage!
Think on this though.
Like the ladies, of the three showers in the gents, two don’t work properly and are always running cold, leaving the third which does work, sometimes.
Things here are breaking down and not being repaired, replaced, or maintained.
Seeing the facilities and running of the brokerage marina yesterday made us question what the hell we are doing staying here.