Sleeping in………… not

For the first time in years we forgot to put the clocks forward last night!
British Summer Time is here and so when we awoke at 7.45, it was actually 8.45.
Not that we’ve been playing catchup all day though. In fact, it has been a progressive, productive and positive day from all viewpoints and we are feeling pretty good.

Maggie was still disturbed last night, but at least she settled long enough for us to get some sleep. Perhaps we have been successful after all and broken the habit of her early hour vigils.

The varnishing and touch up dabs on the exterior paintwork is all finished, and the boat is looking very warm and welcoming. With the sun shining through the new blinds, it gives  everything a rosy glow. In fact we had visitors aboard today and they remarked on how homely the boat looked.

This afternoon I went shopping for food retail therapy and was soon bored stiff.
I had to go into a second supermarket for an individual salad bowl, picking up a reduced cooked chicken in the process for dinner today. There was enough to give Maggie a treat in her dinner, a salad for me, chicken and rice for Hubby and I shall use the rest tomorrow for either sweet and sour or a curry.
Prices are still on the increase, but according to my spreadsheet I am still well within budget for March, so that’s good.
Funnily enough, there are a lot of chocolate oval things up for grabs at £1 or multi purchase saver offers. I have my eye on a Rocky Road egg at £2.99 so hope that nearer Easter they will still be available and I can pick one up a little cheaper. No good getting it now as it won’t last!

It has been another glorious day, and the marina has been busy with people taking their boats out. The Shower Phantom seems to be having a couple of nights off, so maybe the ridiculous notice will be removed from the shower block doors.
Disharmony still rules here though, and talking to one of the widebeam owners this evening he will be moving in a few weeks once a mooring is ready a few miles up river.
Several of our boating friends have similar plans as they have found cheaper alternative moorings elsewhere.
Many are concerned that if they decide to stay and accept the new residential fees, they will be hammered by further increases out of all proportion next year or the year after.
Suddenly, the boating way of life has become terribly expensive unless you are prepared to be a continuous cruiser/water gypsy.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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7 Responses to Sleeping in………… not

  1. Barb Knowles says:

    Does this have to do with the construction across the way? I remember the photos you posted about it.

    • The revamp of the other basin is now about three months behind schedule what with one thing and another. The boating season is about to start so a lot of owners are coming down to unwinterise their boats and get ready for summer trips and stays. The shower blocks are in disrepair as they were also due for a revamp at the same time as the basin work, so what has failed has been left. The unrest and ill feeling is due to the hike in residential moorings, initially over 53% for some, but the management have backed down slightly and they are now facing just under a 30% hike. For us it’s another £500 a year.

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