Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Friday, 5 September 2014
Okay, I felt so bad that I couldn't wait until Sunday and besides I will want to show off some wedding pictures then (and yes Connie I will include the hat!), so here goes.....
Ib - my new job is going great thank you, no stress and lots of freedom. Oh and it is actually illegal to harvest the samphire to sell, but good idea!
Margy - we will be installing a ship's wheel with hydraulic steering gear. The boat made its own 'hole' within a couple of days and always goes back down flat. It was initially one of our concerns but all has worked out well.
Mel - there are plenty of grey mullet swimming around. The recipe Pete was given is; clean and gut the mullet, lay on silver foil with thyme, rosemary and a house brick, wrap and bake for half hour. Open silver foil, throw away fish and suck house brick, it has a better taste than the fish! Don't know really how true this is but Pete has never bothered trying!
Margy, Connie and Jo - the samphire has a very salty taste, but perhaps Chickpea could give me a recipe that might make me change my mind?
DC - shame I cannot call myself flat bottomed!
Val - we have a spare bed now if you want to experience the mudflats for real xxx
I have just noticed that on my last couple of posts, my replies to your lovely comments seem to have disappeared. You must think I am so rude, especially since some of you have asked specific questions. I cannot apologise enough, I don't know what has happened to my comments. My son is getting married tomorrow so I am a little tied up until Sunday. But please come back then and I will answer all your questions. Sorry again :-( I love you all really xxxx
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Due to the really rubbish summers that we have in the UK, we found that the buckets of poo on deck were not decomposing quite as quickly as we wanted. Visitors were beginning to ask what the line of double stacked buckets along the side decks contained and their faces were a picture when told!!! So we needed a different tack. Research showed that a hot compost bin would decompose the matter very much quicker and that these were used in the Scandinavian countries which are even cooler than here but where compost toilets really have taken off. We let our neighbour Sue buy one first, just to see if they worked!! And it did, so here is our new Poo Bin. The heat is created by the decomposition process and the bin is insulated to keep the heat in. We have to be careful to get a good mix in to help with the decomposition. We put in vegetable peelings, shredded paper/cardboard, food remains, bread, toilet paper, floor sweepings etc and of course the contents of our compost toilet. The temperature has to be kept above 30 degrees; there is a thermometer on top of the bin, alongside the airflow outlet. It means that the toilet can be emptied on a regular (weekly) basis rather than wait until the bucket is full and can be emptied when visitors are expected, an empty loo is a bit more palatable to some squeamish guests! Other bonuses are that we have cut our carbon waste a bit more and that we can compost the loo paper rather than burn it AND we don't have to spend £9.00 per bucket every time we needed a new one (we didn't, we improvised!). Now we only need one bucket - anyone want to buy a used bucket with lid - only used in the compost toilet once!!!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Today there was a fairly high spring tide and I thought you might like to see how much water comes in. Here is a picture of my neighbour's barge, taken from our aft deck. This is not a really, really high tide, as the water is often much higher.
And here is a picture at low tide.
The mudflats at Tollesbury are quite well known. A few years ago the sea wall was broken and the land flooded as an experiment to create natural flood plains. It has worked quite well, but is still constantly monitored by DEFRA to see if this method of flood defence can be rolled out elsewhere. They had thought that a lot of the natural habitat and subsequently the seabirds would return once the land was flooded, however the ragworms had other ideas and they have thrived in the marshes. So if you need bait as a fisherman, Tollesbury is the place to be. That said, we do have a good amount of different birds around that entertain us for hours. We also have samphire all around us, which people pay an absolute fortune for. Can't see why though, personally I think it's horrible!
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Poor Pete, he is trying to finish the windows for the wheelhouse as the glass is arriving during the week. He has made the actual frames and is now sanding them down and filling. Unfortunately the weather isn't playing the game and he is having to sand them down indoors. Lovely, sawdust everywhere! I have closed the door to below decks, but every time it is opened there is a whoosh of sawdust, it gets in EVERYWHERE!!! But, I am not really complaining as I cannot wait to be able to use the wheelhouse. It will house a couple of large bunks for seating/sleeping and my big table for entertaining. There will be a large chart table (over the water tank) and eventually the ship's wheel which will control the hydraulic steering. It has windows all round so will have the most amazing panoramic view of the marshes, Mersea Island, sea wall, other boats and barges. I am sure that we will use this area more than any other. So carry on Pete, I don't mind a bit of dust and I will keep the cups of tea coming x