Two batteries purchased yesterday from the caravan and camping shop at Chalon, 45 km from Pont de Vaux - total cost 280 Euros. We can't connect them as we need to replace the starter battery which MWNN will buy from the tractor shop tomorrow morning.
I'm feeling very twitchy and want to be on the move soon and MWNN is feeling claustrophobic with so many people in port. I think there may be more than a touch of water gypsy in both of us. The weather is hotting up and the boat was up to 32 degrees this afternoon. We have lost the mad northerly wind and the water cooled breeze that blows across the bows, in through the door and along the boat to the rear, is now blocked by the arrival of Elodie. We still get some wind on our starboard side, across the expanse of river that separates us from the town, but there is not enough cooled air getting in to the boat. Loony GSD has really slowed down recently and has trouble getting down from the back deck. The drop puts huge impact on her arthritic shoulder. We noticed that she slept for most of the day while we were in Italy and though she still enjoys her walks and loves to retrieve her toys, we both fear this may be her last cruise. MWNN even speculated that she might not make it to the end of this season. I think she will but hanging around in the heat without the respite of a swim or snooze under shady trees is taking its toll on her. I took some pictures of her on the Lilac apartment's shady terrace believing this may well be her last season in Europe. We took her for a swim in the Soane yesterday and then on to the vet who has prescribed a course of steroids or cortosone (not sure which) for a week, plus a special diet of green mussels and rice. In a week's time, depending on her progress, the vet will decide whether to give her a course of weekly injections. Either way, we are destined to be no further than a few days cruise away from town for the next month. With the new batteries installed and running well, this isn't a problem, providing the hot weather doesn't last too long.
There is still much to do before we set sail and I'd like to see the Soane waters go down a little before we leave port.
Our mooring fees jumped by 30% this year - we still haven't been given a satisfactory reason as to why. I checked the fees listing posted in the Capitainerie window a couple of evenings ago and got very excited to see Internet wi-fi among the services on offer. When I asked the Capitaine, Philippe, if it was available, he replied 'Normalment'. However, further discussion revealed that it was 'normally' available on the first pontoon only. When I asked if I could bring my laptop to the Capitainerie, he told me that wi-fi could be received only aboard a boat.
That's the French notion of logic for you.
I then trudged round to the Internet shop at the end of the town's main street to ask if they had updated their network to include wi-fi access. As soon as I entered the shop, I knew it had. The shop is under new management. Two nattily dressed young men working at flat screens have replaced the 'Mumsy' female who spoke not a word of English. 'Oui, Madam', in response to the 'Do you have wi-fi access. 'Certainly, bring your laptop', in response to 'May I bring my ordinateur?' Not only do they have wi-fi access, it still costs only 1 Euro per hour. Now that I've successfully updated my virus protection, I can start looking at the comments on the last month's entries. Thank you to everyone who has commented and I'm glad you're all enjoying the ride. Given the amount of time we'll be spending in town, I may be able to post some photos from Italy soon.