the beginning

the list

So in order to get on with things I made a mammoth list for the mammoth move [I should probably stop calling everything mammoth before it all starts to feel mammoth too]. So far I’m about 1 and 2 half tasks in.

closing tool box

I’ve moved all of the tool like things into closing boxes so that I can add some dehumidifying stuff and stop them getting a bit rusty. I also divided them up into tools and consumables. I was also going to tag them all too, so I know what’s mine, but I’m going to wait and check what is definitely mine with the SO first. So that counts as half a task right?

I brought the insulation in to start drying out. That’s a whole task.

And the SO bought me a battery hydrometer, so I can start along with the testing and checking of the batteries. Maybe that actually counts as a quarter. Does it count at all? Yeah, for sure. Must a little right. What if I’d put ‘buy battery hydrometer’ on the list as a whole other point? Then it would count as a whole task, and I’m not even claiming that…

the mammoth move…

I have a plan.

That plan involves some exciting new features inside with the aims of making more storage, more space for swinging the dog and trying to make the use of space more efficient.

At the moment wood is kept under the bed. Its inconvenient. The bed clothes dangle in it, you can’t see how much is there and the dog thinks its a fantastic game. I’m jealous of my friend who has lots of space by her fire and uses it to store and dry out wood. I also have a cooker that I should probably rescue from another friends shed and actually install.

space next to the fire

I can’t live much longer without a table. Its hard to eat properly and forget drawing or writing in anything bigger than a note book. At the moment we play dice on a tray, and I lose everything in my bed all the time. At least one third of the sofa is going to be sacrificed for a table, which will possibly make room for a dog bed on the floor, if he can be persuaded off the bed.

cutting up the sofa

Doing both of those things means losing storage, so some more needs to be made to compensate. I’m going to take out half the huge bathroom and add some shelves in there.

bathroom mutiny

In order to do anything in the confined space you have to move things around from one place to the other, meaning that you kind of have to work backwards to a starting point (or I have to anyway). For instance, the new storage needs to be built first so that there is somewhere to put the stuff that is being made homeless. That means the bathroom needs to be taken apart, but there is stuff stored in the bathroom, so that needs to go somewhere. The only place that can go is the leakiest place in the boat, but the stuff can’t get wet so that needs to be fixed first, but the batteries are under there and that needs sorting out, but, but, but…

So in order to do anything I’ve decided to that a list is necessary:

-Empty out left hand side (clear tools, fix leaks, wash soft furnishing + insulated)
-Empty bathroom into the left-hand side
-Build upper shelves
-Empty cupboards
-Move drain
-Finish shelves
-Move stuff from under sofa

spider footprints

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I’ve never seen spider footprints before or, if I have, I haven’t recognised them. They are in the condensation on the window and got made as she was waving her legs around with some busy web construction business.

She’s got six legs and has lived in the front left hand window since the summer.

what’s inside the boat?

I did a bit of investigation around the windows today to see where they are leaking from.

The water seems to seep in somewhere around the window and then follow the wall wood down and drip off the bottom, so the wood needs to come of to investigate, but to take the wood off the cupboard also needs to come out, which it was going to anyway cause it blocks the front windows.

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Amongst the spiders and weird dust babies and itchy, itchy insulation you can see that there are wooden struts along the inside of the window. It looks like the screws on the outside of the frame go through the frame and into these wooden struts to hold the window on. Weirdly they have no sealant, silicone or even washers around them so the water can come straight through and when the wood is soaked it starts to drip. I just can’t get my head round why someone would put screws through the walls of a boat that is in england without trying to make sure that it didn’t leak! Maybe there used to be sealant there, but it has completely disappeared with age?

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Anyway, after working out that it was probably coming through the frame and not around it I’m going to put off taking the windows out to fix it for a less lazy day. In the meantime I’m going to silicon up the screw heads and the gap around the window and hope that works as a temporary solution. Looks like the weather might be gearing up to check my work:

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