The jobs left to do include sanding back the hard wood worktop and oiling in a dark Danish oil, finish painting and trimming the bedroom (we had to wait until the engine had been serviced but that was done this week), get the kitchen splashback tiled, a little more sandstone finish shower wall up on one small section of wall in the bathroom and then it's all about the final fix stuff!
We need shelves up on the far end wall, so just inside the front door.
I need to make all the curtains.
Miss LFCC needs to order her custom made mattress (often a requirement on narrowboats as the beds tend to be either non-standard size or they are an unusual shape!)
I need to paint the fire place surround.
Drape the bedroom ceiling with fine tulle and fairy lights!
With those chores ticked off, we're pretty much there! Miss LFCC is aiming to be living in her new home around the 1st April so we are on schedule! Isn't it dreamy??
We get asked a lot of questions though, when people realise that we live on a boat... These are the most common with the answers!
1) don't you get cold?
A) Nope, we have full thermostatically lead diesel central heating AND a fire (a Godin - look them up, they're beautiful!). When the fire is lit it gets up to a huge 35 degrees so we end up with doors and hatches open in the snow from time to time!
2) how do you wash?
A) we have a full sized shower, a mahoosive bathroom sink, and a regular double kitchen sink!
3) how do you wash your clothes?
Z) In our full sized washer-dryer tucked away in the bathroom, not on a board in the river...
4) don't you fall in?
A) not yet... everyone goes in at some point... my husband's gone in several times!
5) isn't it cramped?
A) nope. Zulu is 12ft wide which is twice the width of a standard canal boat, and 60ft long and we designed her ourselves so there is a LOT of storage built in, and a gorgeous open plan layout.
6) do you just moor anywhere then? are you "homeless"?
A) we have our own permanent mooring on the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, but we tend to untie the ropes and disappear on the weekend. Cruising to Cambridge for an icecream or Ely for a cream tea & a look around the antique shop are two of our favourite trips to make!
7) do the ducks attack?
A) no, but the swans do! If we leave the side hatch open in the kitchen they'll snatch your sandwich on the way past if you're not looking!
8) would you live in a house again now?
A) not if I can ever help it! Sleeping on dry land makes us edgy, and we kind of sway to compensate for the lack of movement! This was the best idea my husband ever had!
Shout if you have any questions about living on a boat and I'll do my best to answer them!