Autumn came to the river with a sudden drop in temperature that prompted us to stock up on coal. But thankfully it reverted back to almost summery warm days that have meant we’ve only just opened our first bag!
This was a godsend for our friends on Pyewacket, as they hadn’t refitted their stove yet. But yesterday, James helped other Amy fit their little Boatman stove, so they’ll be warm as the nights draw in! (Don’t you just love the proper curvy boaty shape of Pyewacket’s living room?)
In other news, we’ve also ordered Willow’s new stern fenders, from Joe Hollingshead who makes traditional ones from hemp that need dipping in creosote. He’s going to make them more bent then normal, knowing that they are going to be used on a Severner’s pointy counter! We’ll not be using these on a daily basis – we’ve already got some serviceable but tatty ones for that, these’ll be kept in the engine room for ‘best’!