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.
Lingering in Banbury
22 hours ago