April 8th, 2011

cruising log

Week 1 progress

This is where we spent the first week of our trip. We had the self-contained  flat with the five windows from the left on the first floor. There were 3 bedrooms, sleeping 5 people. There was a lounge/diner with only one armchair so we used a recliner from the boat. The table seated 6. The kitchen was well equipped, although there was no dishwasher. The ancient washing machine was situated in the ancient cellar. The bathroom had a bath with shower over. Across the corridor from our flat's 'front door', there was a BALLROOM with tables for about 30 people. Goodness knows where they would all sleep if you needed to use that room.

We move to Gite No. 2 for the second week of work on the boat before she goes back in the water next Friday. Gite No 2 claims to have wi-fi but we have yet to learn how we subscribe to it.

Work on the boat is progressing. We now have shore power restored and I have de-rusted and primed the starboard side of the boat ready for painting the coachlines and the black gunwales. MWNN is busily de-rusting the battery box before installing the new house batteries.

The Consultant dermatologist confirmed that my rash is eczema. He prescribed cream that has to be covered with clingfilm at night. Last night's application removed a layer of skin (and with it the rash) where the clingfilm stayed in place.)

Tonight we are in a hotel as we do not take over tenancy of Gite No 2 until tomorrow evening.

ETA - Forgot to say - the gite pictured above is next to a lock on the St Quentin Canal.