|Winter socks !!|
We spent the weekend in Newport where we had a few very cold days. Frost on the windscreen soon melted before we took Ben for a walk around Cwmbran Boating Lake. On Sunday the model boats club was there and we loved all the boats but there wasn't a narrowboat amongst them. Too cold for Icecream but we later had Sunday Lunch at The Rhiwderin Inn with Paula, Danni, Robin, Juls and Gwen. A last minute thing but we managed to get a table. Sorry we didn't get to visit our daughters Clare and Sally and partners but we'll be back again on the 20th of December for a longer stay over Christmas.
I found my socks with toes in the cupboard so I'll have warm toes back onboard. The boat was really cold (5 degrees C) when we got back too cold for the freezer compartment in the fridge to stay frozen so I had to throw out the contents but the stuff in the fridge itself was fine. I had read that if it gets too cold then the fridge won't come on often enough to keep the freezer compartment cold enough. Next time we'll have to leave a low heat on the boat to keep it warmer.
The boat soon was up to 20 degree C with the Webasco diesel heater heating the radiators and the stove burning coal and wood. Luckily the hot water tank under the bed helps keep it warmer when we're home but we did put hot water bottles in the bed.
Today we got some food shopping done in Ellesmere and took a reluctant dog for a walk by the Mere. He was OK when we said let's go back.
Back on the boat we needed a new gas bottle, some coal and logs purchased from the marina and delivered to the boat by the very helpful manager Phil. Thanks.
I've been getting some washing done when we had mains electric as electricians were checking the posts. Now we're having a quiet night in and Ben the dog is asleep by the fire......it's a hard life!