A month on the cut

So on April 1st we left the marina and moved out onto the towpath. We’ve had a lovely month- we’ve made new friends, deepened existing friendships and really benefited from our floating neighbours. So far our travels have brought us to Purton, where the canal is very close to to the River Severn. It’s a beautiful area, with stunning views across to the Forest of Dean, and really only a few metres from the river itself. This area is famous for its boat graveyard, which helps prevent erosion of the banks which might otherwise threaten the canal itself. I must try to get some photos to include because it really is quite lovely.

We are very much enjoying life outside the marina. Each new place brings new views, new bird sounds (this canal is amazing for twitchers!), and new surroundings. The challenges are much less challenging now that the weather is a bit kinder, the days longer and the bridges open all week for ten hours a day. The solar panels work brilliantly at keeping the batteries topped up. The composting loo is easy to use and maintain. The only (very first-world) problem I’ve encountered really are that my fairy lights don’t like the 240V power coming through the inverter, and they strobe so that I can’t use them! And it’s a frustration that we can only get hot water from running the engine; I would love a solution for this.

It’s been fabulous to actually boat along, to remember that lovely sense of freedom and to smell the clean-water smell of the canal. We are looking out for otters now; apparently there have been several sightings and signs of them.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “A month on the cut

  1. Hello! I live and work in an old motorhome, travelling the British Isles and Ireland. I’m considering upsizing to a continuous-cruising canal boat. I currently have a compost loo, but can’t imagine how you deal with that kind of waste disposal from a boat (I assume the usual pump-out options are not open to you). I’d be delighted if you’d explain in detail 🙂

    Many thanks,

    Eloïse

    theseisles@gmail.com

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    1. Hello! Thanks for commenting 😀 We have an allotment so we have a designated compost bin, but I know some people do the first stage breakdown in ‘secondary’ boxes in engine rooms or on roofs. What do you do in the motorhome?
      Cerian

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