We have been experiencing extremely hot temperatures the last week or so. On Friday it reached 35′ and each day since it has been above 30′. Would be great if we were cruising on the river and could moor up and even take a dip…… but we’re not! We’re still quite literally up in the air and trying to push on with the work needed.
We try to start work as early as possible so that we can stop around midday and perhaps do a little more later when it cools down. We certainly have good intentions but don’t always manage to put them into practice!
We have had a couple of days off as Sue and David arrived for a visit. We had hoped to be back in the water, but we weren’t as we decided to press on with the works for the time being because we are in good place to work on the boat and have access to advice and expertise if needed. Also we can use the ladders etc here to reach the sides to redo the cream. We have had the blue redone so feel the cream also needs attention.
Sue and David were most patient and accepting of the situation, and just got on with it! Not quite as bad as it was as we have now rigged up pipes into the outlets so that we can use the shower, wash hand basin and now the kitchen sink – therefore I can even use me washing machine! Only the loos cannot be used – ‘bucket and chuck-it’ is the nightly regime – and we use the site facility in the day. Hey-ho!! We will probably be here at least another week so necessary to make things a little more pleasant.
Yesterday we visited the Caves de Bailly Lapiere. An old underground quarry provides unique natural conditions for the maturing and storage of Cremant de Bourgogne, a delicious sparkling wine. It ended up being quite a boozy day – we were too early for the tour of the Caves, were recommended to go to the pretty village of Irancy for a delicious lunch, liked the wine we had so much that we literally popped next door to the producer to buy some more!
Then there was the trip around the caves, with more sampling and purchasing afterwards. Then back to the boat where we invited Gale and Murray (more kiwis – who are also working on their boat) to join us for supper. A most enjoyable and informative day!