We have now been living on Caxton all of seven weeks! We have settled into life aboard quite easily, arguements are no more frequent than when we lived in our cottage and having not reached the point where we have threatened to bludgeon each other this life in a steel tube can't be all bad..
Having learnt a little on our inaugural cruise from the launch site in Stourport we have found that four hours cruising a day is about right in this weather. We have also agreed that one day's cruising followed by one day's exploration off the line of the canal is the regime for this latest cruise and that seems to be working rather well.
All the systems on board Caxton are working fine with the LED lighting being a boon a this time of year as it doesn't drain the battery bank. We are burning 1.5 to 2 bags of coal per week but that keeps the Ecoburn fire running 24/7 - we rarely use the central heating, perhaps a quick blast in the morning if the fire is struggling. A routine has developed where we switch the dishwasher on as we set off, followed by the washing machine and then tumble dryer and finally a whizz through with the vacuum cleaner so that by the time we are mooring up all is done and dusted so to speak.
Is life on a narrowboat what we expected?
Much better I think - even after only seven weeks but then what do I know....