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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In amongst the poo.

Progress has been slow today unfortunately. Although this morning he managed to fix the shelve supports to the partition, not much more was achieved.

Then after an early lunch he drove to Sandiacre to empty the lock cottage porta potti loo. It's not connected to the sewage system, you see, and with the cottage open on the third Sunday of every month to show people round, it can get a bit full.) With the last meeting of the year taking place on Thursday evening it wouldn't do to have a full loo. Ian got roped in somehow to do it. Could be because he mentioned he had to go to our bungalow to fetch the pipe fittings to connect our waste. Anyway, at the bungalow we have a septic tank and, with our tenants at work, Ian lifted the manhole to dispose of the Porta Potti's contents. He was shocked to see it was nearly overflowing with effluent so he had to get down and dirty to unblock it. Garden hose and a good prodding did the trick although he did say he was a bit worried in case the blast of water up the pipe may have shot the poo back up their toilet. I suppose having to empty the Porta Potti was a blessing in disguise otherwise we may have been called back to unblock the manhole during Christmas.

While Ian was away I took the opertunity to varnish the board. Managed to get two coats on and even painted the front edge with white primer before he returned. He arrived back with, not just the pipe fittings, but 10 bags of smokeless coal. At £7 a bag it was not to be sneezed at.

The plumbing has now been completed. Water was poured down the waste pipe and not a wet patch in sight. Because Ian hadn't done as much as hoped today, he's at the moment cutting the shelves to size at the workshop. Cant see much going on tomorrow either as we are out for our Christmas lunch with some of the ECP&DA members and then the meeting at the lock cottage tomorrow night. Somehow I don't think the shower will be ready until next week. Oh well back to sponge baths again.

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