We were just getting over Easter and making final preparations for our last trip on the boat.
It’s so hard to believe it’s twelve months ago that we left Maggie with MSM and set off, allowing ourselves 10 days to reach our destination, but as it turned out, only needing 8.
Anyone who missed it, you will find details and photographs under 10 posts headed with the prefix ‘Final Trip’, which also includes the one linked above.
It hasn’t taken us long to settle back into house living, the fence repairs, cutting the grass,
DIY and bills. Oh the bills. We paid council tax on the boat, but our house is the next band up and another £250 a year. We have water rates now, a phone bill, home insurance, gas and electricity, but even taking all of those into account, it is still cheaper than what our mooring fees would have been should we have stayed where we were.
Health, both our own and the dog, has however taken a slight downward turn, and although we are keeping on top of that, being on the boat may have proven problematic, especially as far as maintenance went.
Photos: May 2015
We miss the peace and quiet of the river, our friends, and the community spirit which was blown to smithereens last year when fees and licences went up. We have heard that so many people have either moved on or sold up, that the marina is nowhere near as friendly as it was, and basically now full of strangers who don’t have time to talk to the old hands who have been moored there for thirty or forty odd years.
For us, we are keeping in touch by other means with many of those we became friendly with.
One thing is certain, we don’t regret one single minute of our time aboard.
Photos: top: lounge, centre: kitchen, bottom: 2 views double berth (my blanket)