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.