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All is not well with the boat. 
29th-Apr-2006 03:53 pm
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We arrived on Thursday to hear that the pontoon we are moored at suffered a massive surge to its electricity supply earlier this year. It damaged other boats' electrics and seems to have killed our battery management system. The result? We have 3 dead batteries and no means of bringing 22volts aboard. Without battery power we can't run the water pumps or the gas boiler. So we have just spent two nights aboard without running water, heating, or lighting. On the plus side, we did have a working gas stove, a tap at the pontoon where we could fill the kettle, and a working loo.

Our problems paled into insignificance as we learned of the death of one boater, various broken limbs of others, the Capitain at the Marina had a heart attack and is still looking really ill, two boaters' mothers have died and another's brother. What's a little inconvenience compared to all that?

I'm posting this from the Etap Hotel at Annemasse - just across the border from Switzerland, where we have stopped for the first of our 'overnights' on the way to Florence. Tomorrow we use the Mont Blanc Tunnel and head for Allessandria where we do the second stop. It's cold up here, so I packed a hottie and extra fleece blankets.

Off now for a cuppa, a shower and a siesta before an early evening meal.

A bientot mes amis.
29th-Apr-2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
As you say all is relative, but hope your battery problems be become ironed out.

You keeping okay?
29th-Apr-2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds more like a war zone. Keep well!
29th-Apr-2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
I just hope that your days get better and better - have a wonderful trip - is this all summer, or just a short one for now?
29th-Apr-2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Take care of yourself.
29th-Apr-2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
I am really sorry to hear about the deaths and the injuries! I hope things improve with the electrical probs. (((((((((hugs))))))))

P.S. Your life, though, is so f-ing awesome! I mean, to travel around by boat and live on one!
30th-Apr-2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Take care of yourselves and if all else fails do a bit of dancing to keep warm *g*
And, as you say, everything is relative, be grateful for the blessings we have
30th-Apr-2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
I hope everything will be sorted out soon. Keep well !
30th-Apr-2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Puts things into perspective, doesn't it?

Will you be able to get stuff sorted on the boat?
6th-May-2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I missed this post somehow. I just read your latest so it looks like you've coped but what a bummer.

Still--a bummer on the way to Italy. It sounds so much more romantic than the bummers you encounter in everyday life! 8D
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