Sunday, 17 March 2013

First of many.......Last of one!

Well, we have been live aboards on Swamp Frogs now for just over 1 week and although we have yet to go anywhere it is a week of many firsts.....

Our first night in our new KING SIZE bed was lovely and although we were awake at 5am it was through pure excitement. The bed is lovely and comfy and although it was -4 deg and very wet outside we were really nice and toasty.

RobHel Froggies keeping the bed
tucked away for daytime

Mood Lighting
Masses of bed
Left to Right
Maldivian Honeymoon Memories
Brown's Supportive Froggies....
Giving Celtic Chris a comfy seat
Mum's handmade shoe...bless her 

Suzie has had her first bath in her new home.....and loved it! I think I'll struggle to fit but I've the shower and that too is lovely and powerful.

Big enough for both of us.....
just not at the same time!

"Shirley Frog"
who messes about trying to copy me
on the corner bath
Annie Fishes drying out on the rad
Porty Frog  
Told You!
We lit our first coal fire and 8 days ago and as hasn't gone out! Suzie has declared herself fire warden and to be honest she is doing a brilliant job!

Cosy and warm

Fireiron Frog
We have had dinner every night apart from one where we went to the pub but the first dinner was lovely....
.....How clever is this, our own design of dining table, 4 chairs and our Sky Box, DVD player and other electrical equipment to run the Sky system.

Every inch of perfection
....How about the dining table for 4? how clever eh? Well done Pete Milburn.

Loads of room to pass diners

Swamp Frogs

Table Inlay
One of the problems many boaters face is washing and drying of clothes. Well we did some research and found an all singing and dancing washer dryer....It is the most energy and water efficient washer dryer on the market today! This machine weighs the clothes and adds the right amount of water to the weight. It also doesn't use any water during the drying process......unlike many condensing dryers.....and the best thing of all is it has a 15min wash programme. We did our first wash on battery power and is worked a well spent me thinks!

We have seen many pictures of people iced in on the canals although we hadn't experienced it until the other day.....all iced in and snow laying on the ice, I have to say it was a nice sight and then the first time we've both heard the sound of the ice breaking as the boats moved about was so beautiful. Ducks walking by the bedroom window on the ice....lovely sight.....will get a photo next time!

Our first 5 days we were without a TV and I must say we did not miss it at all. By the time the evening came we were both knackered and just chilled with a beer and played cards....I did however allow Suzie to thrash me! (at mucky readers)

In Stockton Top Marina, home to Kate Boats there are a few dogs about, Jen, Pip and 3B (50p to whoever guesses it's full name) and those that know Suzie will know how scared she can be of dogs but the other day she spent an hour playing with, that is a first!

On Wednesday Andy from Milburn Boats popped down to install our satellite dome and although we didn't miss the TV it is nice now to have the option. We have a TV in both the Saloon and Bedroom so I can watch my football......with my headphones on....first match, Saints 3 Liverpool 1 ......happy days.

 and Suzie can watch Emmerdale!  But she didn't....she had the radio on whilst doing bits and bobs around the boat.... It took till Friday to watch our first night of TV. If you are thinking of having a system put in then give Road Pro a call they are very knowledgeable and prices are very competitive as they mainly deal with trucks and caravans all their stock obviously will work on a Narrowboat too!

And now to the LAST!

I am hoping that we have now done our last shop in the the time has passed I have hated having to leave the boat and "pop" to the shops! What made me dislike it even more was the sight of Suzie sat on the bank in the sun playing with Pip the dog! It's nothing to do with anything other than I don't want to be away from Suzie and our new home!

Come on Robbie.....
let's take this lovely Blakey stick for a walk
Since our last blog we've done 0 miles and 0 locks.....
.......this is a grand total of 100yds and 0 locks in the 10 days we've been liveaboards....

Till next time!

1 comment:

  1. i love this feed!!! the photo with the frog coping u made me laugh, then the one confirming your accusations made me burst out laughing!!!
    love u guys xxx


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