Pet Shop Booze

We have had a quiet week or two on Anticus. I seem to have spent a fair amount of time cleaning the deck and cabin roof. I suppose that is a downside of such a pretty mooring near a swan sanctuary and the rest of the bird-life locally. One improvement (I hope) has been to replace the collapsible hose that was connected to the deck wash pump, with a rigid walled hose. There was a problem with the fact that the installed deck-wash pump is fairly low pressure (a couple of Bar I would think), and consequently when pressure is used to ‘inflate’ the collapsible hose, there is little more than a dribble available at the business end of the pipe. Anyway, problem solved with a new hose.

Last week we prised ourselves away from the water to visit Covent Garden, and more specifically, The Royal Opera House for a concert by The Pet Shop Boys.

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Incredible concert, with the age of the audience being roughly commensurate with the age of most of the barge owners we have met!!

Back to the boat, we spotted a small issue with our teak-style decking, in so much as there had been a small blister developed where it looked like the adhesive may have failed. Anyway, an email to Nick at Piper Boats, our builders, was met with a speedy response from the installers who sent along a fitter to make the necessary repairs.

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I think the weight will eventually be removed !!

There must always be small snags on a new build, and so far these odd bits and pieces have been very swiftly seen to.

We aren’t exactly short of booze on board, having opted for a 36 bottle wine fridge in place of the originally specified dishwasher. Also, not forgetting a few dozen reds, from Ralphs Wines,  in the bilge under the saloon floor. Anyway, after a bit of research and with the temperature reaching 30C in the South of England, I ordered a draft beer pump from Beer Hawk and a few litres of Leffe beer, along with branded glasses and beer mat!

Booze situation takes a turn for the better

Unfortunately, I am having to wait 12 hours for the beer to reach temperature, so will report back next time with a taste test!

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