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The name describes my demeanour and voice! I love narrowboating and that is why this blog is mainly about the boat and our interaction with it. I have been keeping a log for Sonflower ever since we bought her and moved onto her as our main residence. Some incidents in our boating life have been hilarious, some scary and some down right dangerous. I cannot tell what will come in the future but you can now share them! The crew are an 'ordinary' couple. The Best Mate and I.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New year

Yes, happy New Year to all you in bloggerland.

I have been to check up how SONFLOWER is after the long cold spell. The arctic temperatures did cause a little bit of damage to the exposed pipework around the water heater. The joints that had blown out were quickly re-instated and the water system worked ok.

The engine started quite easily and I let it run for about an hour to make sure that the calorifier was functioning and the batteries were topped up. I ran the hot water through the taps and all seemed well.

I lit a small fire to get the saloon warm and checked that the gas was still ok.

So I drained the water heater and wrappedit in a large towell and hope that this will keep off the frost in the next cold snap.

The New Year cruise has been cancelled. She is still surrounded by ice about two inches thick. There is no way we will be breaking out of that.