Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our last week this year on Kantara

We've just come back from watching "The Butler" at the cinema, another extremely good film based on reality and featuring a superb cast from both sides of the Atlantic.
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Last Friday, we saw "Philomena", starring Judy Dench, and Steve Coogan as journalist Martin Sixsmith.
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

These Tesco vouchers we get (we don't shop much at Tesco any more, but our credit card is one of theirs) have been really well used on cinema tickets this past year, having paid for our entry to 16 films in the past 13 months.

Yesterday, I forgot to switch on the water pump when I lit the Bubble stove, and the system overflowed a bit over the floor. Consequently, there was not enough water/antifreeze in the Alde for us to have it alight overnight. Of course, we then had the coldest night so far! Today, I added more antifreeze, having checked that the system will be protected against frosts of up to -15ยบ Celsius, and we'll be warmer tonight, whatever the frost.

Colin comes tomorrow to give Kantara her annual service. I really ought to do that job myself next year. The next day, we have a man from Bescan coming to fit fasteners along the bottom of our cratch cover, to attach it to the hull so that it doesn't sag inwards under the weight of snow or strong winds.

After the annual service, we really need to take Kantara out for one last trip this year, in order to mix the new antifreeze through the system. The mix is weak at the moment because of the water loss the last time Colin worked on the boat. We didn't have enough antifreeze at the time to add to the gallons of water we had to use to top up. Fingers crossed for lovely weather like we had for our final trip last year.

Then it's back to St Albans, our home from home. We've been warned to go back after Saturday, because Naomi and Jess are having a joint birthday party then! Hmmm... 

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