Hello again everyone. :waves:
I'm back in cyberworld and I am on my boat on The Fens at last. It has been quite a change and I have a lot to learn. I have taken a lot more risks than I normally would, but I think I am really going to enjoy this. As I sit and type and post this (on my new 3G connection that is a lot faster than my old home broadband as it happens!) the rain is turning to sleet. I managed to keep the fire going all night, but I still woke up with ice on the inside of the windows ... it has been many years since I experienced that. Since I moved in on Monday (the move was another extraordinary story, which I should get round to sharing sometime - except I'm not sure if anyone would believe the sequence of events that hit me last weekend!) I've had to get to grips with joining hosepipes together to get water from the stable block across the farmyard, the joys of portable toilets and the trek to the cess pit, locating sources of wood, coal and food. I spent the first couple of days without water, just eking out a bottle of tap water I had in the van, cooking in oil and building a tower of washing up. The most satisfying realisation is that two of life's luxuries are actually a hot shower and a shave.
I have yet to get the engine to start. I hope it was only that the battery needed charging yesterday so I'll see if it starts up in a moment. My neighbours are a very nice man on a boat who has been unbelievably helpful and kind, two horses with the same names as two of my grandchildren, a windfarm, a number of dogs and various water fowl. I've been sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the cabin which touches three of the four walls and allows eight inches of space along the fourth. Despite once dreaming of eight inches this is not that particular wish fulfilment.
I'm looking forward to having a bed frame made, so I can get the mattress off the deck and have space for storage, something which is lacking even more than I anticipated. I am too embarrassed by the lack of organisation to post any indoor photos at the moment, so they'll have to wait, but I'll try and upload a few photographs I took yesterday and this morning.
This is my my new house.
This is the view out of the back door - actually it's the only door for all practical purposes.
Chimney, untouched rope and tree I hope a kingfisher might find in the summer.
My new best friend!