Having survived a chilly Easter in Melbourne we looked forward to our return to Joie de Vivre and hopefully warmer climes. Alas our return didn’t herald the arrival of a balmy spring. One week in and with the exception of one day we have not experienced temperatures north of 10 degrees. Wow that’s cold!
So that’s the weather, what about the boat……well, it took me about 4 hours with the pressure hose to banish the green mould on the roof and decks, then another 3 to clean the windows and black streaks on the cabin sides. Thankfully not as many spiders had taken up residence this year! Then the hot water failed. Peter has always boasted that we had 3 ways to heat hot water, via the engine, the boiler for the house heater and of course the 240 volt Emerson heater. The element in the Emerson heater blew, while the house heater boiler went out in sympathy. That left the engine, which as we were still in port had to be fired up each night. Thankfully we sourced a specialist who has now rectified our problem.
We are travelling to France with James and Julie their new puppy Colin who takes his cruising responsibilities very seriously.
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