What winter woes? Column #1 Ė by jellyby jelly

Item posted: Wednesday 8th February , 2012

What winter woes? Column #1 Ė by jelly

So, Iím sat here, in the saloon of my wonderful chateau bateau, in the middle of the freezing UK winter; it is literally snowing a bit outside. Itís my fourth winter aboard. Every winter so far, I have promised myself that I would never ever live on a boat again in a UK winter.
But for some reason, this one is turning out a little differently.
Some days, I work at a digital marketing agency in town as a social media specialist. I cycle in to work along the seafront, and the first colleague I see in the bicycle shed always greets me with an empathetic ďHow was it on your boat last night?Ē
Sure, itís bloody freezing when I wake up at 7.30am to icicles on the inside of the hatches and I have to see how quickly I can throw some clothes on (Iíve taken to sleeping in my thermals).
But the good far outweighs the bad. I sit here in the evenings with Schnebby, my Eberspacher, purring away; candles flickering in each corner of the saloon; the radio on in the background; and my little dog Bosun curled up to my side. Sometimes it gets too hot, and I actually have to turn the heater off. Well, thatís when it works in the first place Ė Schnebby is older than I am, very temperamental, and very stubborn. When it works, itís amazing. When it doesnítÖ letís just say, it has nearly ended up repurposed as a kedge anchor a few times. As much as I would love it to be, this is not the last youíll hear of Schnebby.
Interestingly, this is also the first winter I have lived aboard alone (with the exception of Bosun Ė but itís the first winter Iíve had him, too). When living with my boyfriend in the past, it was easy to have a little strop; there was someone to complain to, someone to share those horrible winter boat chores with Ė which all too often consist of squeezing oneself into freezing, damp spaces. But now, itís just me and Bosun. And my boat has never looked so clean, so tidy, and has never felt more like home.
When you live on a boat in a UK winter, you absolutely have to be resilient. And sometimes the best way to face up to that necessity is to make the decision that you can get through it, and then just get on with it.
Or maybe Iím just a bit weird. But then, I knew that already.


Reader comments

gerry, scotland

April 2nd, 2012

Brings back all the memories,I was on 65trader Helen of Glasgow two winters ago on west coast of argyll force 10 with snow and ice,still loved it.Enjoy your dream and live long..Gerry

 

Jezza, Guildford

March 7th, 2012

"Schnebby is older than I am, very temperamental, and very stubborn..." So, more than just the one similarity there to Schnebby then!

 

Sue and Mike, Hartlepool

February 9th, 2012

This is our 4th winter, but this has been so much milder and easier than last year. This month is our favorite winter month, evenings getting lighter and you know spring and summer are just around the corner.

 

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