Monday, December 05, 2011

Leaving Kantara for the winter

Well, we've just completed our first three months of living on Kantara, and tomorrow we will be loading the car with much of her contents to take home for the winter.  On Monday morning, Colin will be winterising the boat - largely making sure pipes and pumps are empty of water in case of very low temperatures - and we will be taking away all of the things which might suffer from the damp.  Oddly enough, it is advisable to leave the windows open throughout the time it is uninhabited, in order to keep a flow of air and avoid condensation forming.  Last year, as I may have said before, temperatures here dropped as low as minus 15 degrees Celsius, so protecting the boat is essential.

The past three months have been interesting, fun, challenging, disappointing, exciting, enjoyable.  We have learned a lot, made new friends, seen new things and new places.  We return home to the domestic needs there - gardening, mice in the foundations, a boiler to service, a leak from the shower cubicle to trace and fix, dental check-ups... you know the kind of thing!  But we also return for Christmas, the family, our church, time to take stock.  I've been invited back to the Academy to visit my old team, and I'm looking forward to seeing that a lot again.
I probably won't post to this blog until we return to Kantara next spring... whenever that might start!  But please stay with us.  It's good to know how many are reading regularly - although most of you still insist on remaining anonymous!  Next year's blog should be full of accounts of us cruising, having the shower room rebuilt, cruising, replacing duff batteries (pessimist!), cruising. We're certainly looking forward to it!

Happy Christmas!

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