Friday, November 16, 2007

Keeping Warm

Those of you who are regular visitors to my ramblings may be wondering if we ever had our Webasto (diesel boiler for those who read this who do not recognise the trade name) fixed. We bought a new burner unit and it was refitted for us. Unfortunately the seal was not fitted correctly and after 2 days it failed again. Just in time for the coldest night for a while!

We took it to a Webasto agent at a local boatyard. They re cleaned the unit, reassembled it, tested it for an hour on the bench and it is now up and running beautifully. A useful lesson all round!

On Tuesday I had to spray and scrape the car windscreen, as there was a very heavy overnight frost. The boats in the marina looked wonderful - but no time to take a picture! The same happened on Thursday, in fact it was a heavier frost and the car thermometer read -0, going down to -3 during my journey to work!

We have a friend who sent us a weather map, which forecast that at midnight high pressure would be directly over us. That explains why the smoke from our chimney was vertical and that this morning we had ice around the hatch in the stern cabin and on some of the metal porthole frames.

However with both the Morso Squirrel stove and the Webasto we are cosy and warm, despite the outside temperatures. In fact, in the day the sun comes out and there is some real warmth in it.

I finally managed to plant our 3 planters with some bulbs today, with the warmth of the sun on my back. With my haphazard, late planting we may have some narcissus (ae?) (ii?) and muscarii amongst the violas.

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