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  • Birthday 08/07/1974

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    Hertfordshire
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    Eating, drinking, floating and being merry. DIY-ing the boat, Greenery, cute furry creatures, and a snifter of Talisker... ah...bliss!

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    Chief Executive & Costume Designer n stuff
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    Mabel Stark
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    About the place

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  1. Welcome, Greg. If you're looking forward to those classic British cuisines, I suggest buying the eggs, bacon, and sausages for your full English breakfast from a local farm shop you pass on your travels on the boat. It'll be all the more delicious than anything from a supermarket. And if you're going to have Yorkshire Pudding, you gotta have a proper roast dinner to go with it, to really appreciate it. (Lots of decent pubs do a good roast beef with Yorkie puds dinner or carvery on a Sunday lunchtime, if you're not making your own. Lots of pubs are eateries too these days and you don't have to drink booze. There's always tea, coffee and soft drinks served in pubs. Although you might want to try a good British ale at least once while you're here - all my American friends think we drink warm lager on this country, until they come to the UK and actually try a nice cool glass of proper ale, which is totally different to lager. We have lager too, but that is served very cold, as it should be). And don't forget desserts like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Apple Crumble for the full British weight-gain experience Keep us posted how you get on.
  2. That was the extent of my cool weather strategy too ?
  3. Why you asked me to leave the front door open - I assumed it was warm from the oven having been on. ? It was nicely snug, though
  4. My boat's tank is the same width, length and depth as the double bed. I don't know how many litres that equates to. But it means 1 person's full time use lasts 3 months between pump outs (including flush water, excluding loo paper which goes in a bin). When I worked full time, I would get 6 months at least beteen pump outs. Once it lasted a year - but I think I must have been working long hours at the time (either that or chronically dehydrated ??) Tanks that size I think are fairly unusual outside of Black Prince / Pinder built narrowboats. There used to be two such tanks on my boat, which was designed to serve a family of 8-10 people for a fortnight.
  5. Except they are hinged - and bolted on at the hinge. So do you consider it part of the length of the boat in its upright position, or its horizontal position, or detached from the boat? Upright it's within the arc of the rudder. Therefore it doesn't add to the permanent length of the boat and it's not a permanently fixed fender.
  6. The old BP owners website seemed to fizzle out a while ago. It's a shame because it was great seeing how people had fitted out their boats. I would be interested in seeing another site all about ex-black Prince boats ?
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  8. My brother who is in the area told me this too - he reckons the Elsan point has only been working a handful of times in the last three months. So people have been emptying their cassettes into the public toilet there apparently, and blocking that as well.
  9. That's a shame. Used Beale's for theatre stuff in the past.
  10. Inside a wardrobe or under the back steps are typical locations.
  11. I've got adhesive backed vinyl planks on an uneven floor. Firstly, they are much warmer to walk on in winter than the old laminate planks that were there. Secondly, because the vinyl planks are quite thin, in a couple of places where the floor was uneven, I built up the small dip with off cuts of the vinyl, then laid one of the planks across it perpendicular to the direction the rest of the planks were to be laid, to create a smooth transition. I then laid the rest of the vinyl flooring on top of it. It smoothed out the wibble well. It's in a corridor so has the most footfall of the boat. The vinyl plank flooring has been down 3 or more years now and only just now is the slight difference in terrain starting to show there. I've got a couple more boxes of planks should I want to replace any in the future. It has been infinitely less trouble than the laminate, and has been hard wearing even by the kitchen sink (I get quite splishy when (reluctantly) doing the washing up) and by the front door where wet boots walk in. Since you've already bought the planks, why not just use them. If you don't like the result in a few years' time you could always put a different flooring on top of them.
  12. A macerstor toilet's shortest flush requires 0 water. It's the Empty function. Great for flushing just pee without filling the tank with unnecessary water - which most trips to the loo are. And, for those from the "If it's yellow, let it mellow" school of thought, half a bowl of pee is plenty to flush all but the most elephantine bowel movement. Again, saving water and reducing time between pump outs. ?? Whats most important is the tank - There's a reason Black Prince use tanks the same dimensions as a double bed for their macerator loos. They last weeks or months between pump outs.
  13. Me too. "Chufity chufity" is a good way to describe it. Love old engine sounds ??
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