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Water flowing underground
same as it ever was
Week 1 progress 
8th-Apr-2011 04:08 pm
cruising log

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.
8th-Apr-2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Love the pics!

Also, the clingfilm made me laugh. There was a book that came out over here in the 70s, all about how to make your husband happy, and one of the famous suggestions was to open the door wrapped in clingfilm and nothing else :)
8th-Apr-2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yup, I remember that as well.
8th-Apr-2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you. I hope the eczema clears up soon.
8th-Apr-2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you, sending along healing vibes for that eczema.
8th-Apr-2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Glad things are going (relatively) well, been following your FB updates. Hope the eczema clears up quickly, and that you can figure out the wifi in Gite No 2.

Safe travels.
8th-Apr-2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear from you - I will now visualise you swanning around in your own ballroom!
8th-Apr-2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
It looks lovely!

I hope the cream does the trick quickly
8th-Apr-2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Clingfilm? How bizarre! But hey, if it works, who can complain! :D
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