They say half the fun of a trip is in the planning. I think that is true to a large extent, but there is just nothing like being back aboard our beloved Shangri-La!!
I arrived here yesterday evening after the usual trek from London. It was a Sunday, so of course I had to wait 2 hours in Dijon for a train to St Jean-de-Losne. But then some kind fellow gave me a lift from the station right to the boat, which saved me a 20 minute walk! Everything always just works out.
At first I could not find our boat!! She wassn’t where I expected. They (the Marina) had moved her – but again there is always a good side – now closer to the main building and so the wifi is better.
This is the first year we have left Shangri La in the water over winter with the full covers on. Well I am quite pleased – she was very clean and dry.
So I removed the covers and put up the awnings. Bit of a mission on one’s own, but I managed it with minimal use of expletives! There is always something to do on a boat, and I finally got to bed about 23.00 hrs.
Today – washed down the outside areas, put up flags, bought my French vignette, or waterway licence for the next 2 months, and got engine and generator powered up.
All looking good. Anyone following this blog will remember we had H2O fit a brand ne generator begining of 2016. Which, when we got here that year, just did not work at all. Anyway, at their expense, they removed it, returned it to the suppliers and refiited it this last winter. I am delighted – today’s test run all worked well!!
Oh – If you wonder why I keep the covers on the windows? – Well, it is to keep the heat out – it is very hot here at the moment.
Tomorrow, I am heading across to the slipway to have Shangri La lifted out the water to check the condition of the underwater coating that we had done at great expense in 2016. She has been in the water now for over a year, and, well we shall see!!!
On a completely different topic, I am amazed at the amount of weed growing in the marina here (H2O – St Jean-de-Losne)! If it continues to grow a boat won’t be able to get in here. And they don’t seem to have plan to do anything. Bit worrying.
So, in the meantime – Bon Voyage –