Laundry - or rather getting laundry dry on a rainy/snowy/freezing month gets quite burdensome. I can fully understand why after a few years, some boaters get a bit less
YES we've got a tumble dryer, but to use it , we have to either start up the generator or leave the engine running for hours/go for a chug. Going for a chug when it's dry is not a problem but to be honest, chugging in the rain/snow is a bit miserable. The alternative is putting the drying rack in front of the fire, which whilst does get things dry in a few hours, is a pain. WORSE so on a bed change a there just isn't the room... hey ho. IT's not a BAD problem to have I suppose... ergo, I 'll stop moaning about it.
The OTHER irritant is being away from the boat for a long day when the temperature outside is below freezing. Whilst we can keep the fire in overnight without issue, we're pushing our luck if we leave the boat at 8.30 am and get back about 10pm... as we did on Friday.
I'd banked it up as high as I dare and closed the bottom vent as much a I thought I could get away with (to keep it burning but not hot) and when we got back in... (a little worse for wear I admit), it was only 12 degrees in the saloon- and 8 in the bedroom - with the fire almost gone.
WHY had we been out all day? well some very close friends were getting CP'd in Leeds. We'd planned to go on the boat the day before but the river had other ideas... Our plan b had been to move the boat in to the town centre and walk to the station... the river put paid to that option too. SO it was taxi and train time.
I don't like the train... or rather, I don't like hanging around freezing old stations with people "plugged in" to alternate worlds. There's very little interaction with other people on trains... people crammed into a small space, pretending the person 3 inches away from them doesn't exist - exacerbated by the earphones/small screens every seems to carry... ANYWAY - of course on Friday (the day of the ceremony, the town was covered in black ice and even the taxi ride to the station was scary.
Every one who knows me, knows how time obsessed I am whenever I have to be somewhere for a set time... AS such, we ended up in Leeds 2 hours earlier than required. WHICH gave us a little time for a pre-nuptial G & T.
A While back, I installed the Witherspoon's App on my phone - and I can now confirm it works a treat... you can sit at a table... ORDER and PAY on your phone and they're delivered to the table.