Here at Fenny Compton winter seems to have arrived with a few heavy frosts last week and ice on the canal yesterday morning, brrrr!
After the rain last night we have sunshine today, just in time for Joy to go Christmas shopping with her friend Allison leaving me to potter around the boat… Hallelujah! Guess what?
I don’t enjoy shopping!
We have been thinking of replacing our central heating boiler for a while now, after all, the old Alde Comfort is nearly 15 years old and was very heavy on gas. After considering the options we chose to use Alde again (that’s Alde not Aldi!) but the new Compact range are a completely different shape and has meant using one of the back cabin lockers to house it, but it does mean we have warm coats as the flue passes through our back cabin wardrobe. The system was fitted by Graham Cutmore who has many years experience with the Alde product being an ex Technical Services Manager for the company. I’m still getting to find my way around the digital controller, but we can now wake up to a warm boat, even if the fire has gone out.
As a result of the changes I have also been able to recycle the removed timber and build in a bookcase in the space vacated by the old boiler (no I don’t mean Joy) and a storage box for the vacuum cleaner; that’s my woodworking skills pushed to their limits!!!
My dad was a chippy and once remarked, “I think you’d make a good carpenter boy… Make him bl**dy cry!”
Oh yes, a salutary warning to you boaters, check your batteries’ electrolyte level, I thought mine were done for when I found the 3 leisure batteries needed 5 litres of distilled water, I hope I have rescued them in time!
My next project is to convert the redundant space which was designed to house a microwave into more kitchen storage… watch this space!
How our kitchen looked when the boat was new! From the Inland Boat Owner’s Book by Graham Booth, apologies for any copyright infringement.
P.S. If you were a child in the 50s or 60s take a look at Blossom’s Blog (Darley’s Daily Dawdle) He makes I larf!