Small Joys – Laundry

One of the questions we constantly are asked ‘Where do you do laundry”? Well, until recently it was always a trip to the boat yard to use the facilities there, but after having the machines often full and paying £7 a time, it was time to convert the engine bay into a ‘laundry room’.

We could not have a typical washing and dryer, due to power usage and space, so the research began for alternatives. We ended up with a comical combination of a twin tub and DriBuddi. About 6 weeks in,  our clothes are smelling cleaning and coming out dry! On nice days we can even do the laundry outside. But we do have to laugh that laundry now involves getting the garden hose and vacuum hose to get the set up complete.

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Cheers to clean laundry!

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2015 – A year in review

It is amazing how fast a year can go! Sorry we have not given to many updates here, but we have been busy living life!

The biggest thing we did on the boat this year was painting the whole outside above the waterline. It took us just over a week to sand, rust treat, fill, sand again, prime, and top coat!

We also enjoyed creating the start of our roof top garden, including successfully growing bush tomatoes. One Sunday morning I woke up wanting to make the garden happen, so a trip to Columbia road and a uber ride later we had the herb and flower garden complete.

Life: 5 Lessons in the first 5 months

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It has been 5 months that we have been on the boat and we laugh at a few of the lessons we have learned….

  1. New meaning for the word ‘Multi Function Room’ – Our bedroom is also the walk-in-closet/ reception room/ study/ library/ dog room
  2. No need for a gym membership – life now includes filling water tanks, lugging gas bottles, chopping wood, boat yoga to enter or exit, and balancing skills to batten down the hatches around the whole boat
  3. Showers include new steps -checking water tank is full, taking up the floor boards, moving faucet to become the shower head, turning on a pump and making sure everyone is on the port side of the boat so the water can reach the pump
  4. ‘Starter Home’ – Yes, we have always called this our starter home, but now we do also have to start the boat. As everyone says you need to keep the engine working, so we start the home every month
  5. Water Vac armed and ready – Never know when you are going to find a little water in the engine bay from running the engine or under a floor board from the evenings storm so we keep the vacuum handy

Happy Boat Living!

Food: Homemade Fish & Chips

fish and chipsYesterday we were walking through Greenwich and stumbled upon a fabulous little street with a local cheese shop, butcher, fishmonger and a flower shop. With this discover came the desire to make our own homemade fish and chips.

Following the always great guidance of Jamie Oliver, we successful made our first batch of homemade fish and chips!

A few notes for the narrowboat adaptation.

1. We clearly do not have room for a fryer so we just used the largest soup pan and it worked great! Only filled it to a little under half.

2. The first round of batter was too thick and the oil was too hot. So we had really burnt beer donuts around raw fish. By adding more beer to the mixture and turning the burner to gas mark 2 made them come out perfect.

3. When we were looking for fish, we were recommended cod cheeks. They were really good and much easier to fry as they are much smaller then a fillet.

4. Because we wanted to be super cautious, any time we put a new batch into the pan of oil we turned off the stove and gas. Just our way of hopefully not starting a fire. And we also read the directions on the fire blanket and extinguisher. But it is so true to be careful as the oil is so hot! Success we only had the smoke detector go off, which happens almost anytime we cook!

I would recommend for anyone to try! Very good and fun to make.

Updating: Living Room

Narrowboat living room remodel

In any narrowboat there needs to  be a little spot to relax, we decided that ours needed a corner couch and not a bench, as they are so much cozy. Also, while we love wood, we like white walls more, they just brighten the place up, especially on the cold rainy days.