Sorry we've not been much in evidence of late. The truth is between winter and the Covid-19 lockdown, there frankly hasn't been a great deal on this end of things of which to report.
With that in mind, I started thinking about the things we'd want to shift over, which led me to thinking about the differences between being at dock and being on cruise and being on the hook.
Here's a couple of little things you might wish to include in your DOCKside living.
First and foremost, the single plug-in appliance we use the most is a hot water kettle. Literally, three or four times a day for Tea and Coffee in the morning, hot water bottles (which I highly recommend, because they can also warm your hands and toes at anchor), and hot chocolate in the evenings. Wonderful things, and well worth the space.
|Winters make the galley all the more important.|
This year, on a whim, we got a slow cooker. I know, I know, the things are heavy, but they do well at dock to make soups and stews without burning up propane that I then have to haul in. Lately, rather randomly, we discovered you can actually BAKE in the things. I mean, as in breads, rolls, lasagnas. We've been surprised at how well things turn out in them, all on only about 150watts. They even brown, which was kind amazing. Thus far we've turned out scratch made rolls and soda breads and herb and onion bread which was superb.
Electric blankets! Can I sing enough of the praises of the humble electric blanket? After an evening watching movies on the laptop, or sitting and reading, to be able to curl up in a V berth that is dry and toasty warm is a true treat.
Yesterday was the first day since November that felt warm enough to sit in the sun in the cockpit and just enjoy being aboard. With the current plague--finally--beginning to wind down and boating season coming on, we're looking forward to getting out, to seeing friends once again, to lifting a glass at a dockside tavern, and, in general, to an easier life.
You know, what we started boating to do in the first place.
More shortly, I promise