It was the first real opportunity we'd had to go around trying to work out how things operate. We turned on the central heating, we tried to stop the beeping of the gas/co alarm, we tried flushing the loo, we tried, and tried to get the "landline" power working (had to go and get assistance), we fumbled and bumbled about trying to get the tv working. We bought a little 19" flatscreen from Tesco and it works a treat... eventually. Then we took off the antenna that was on a pole at the front of the boat and hooked up the fancy "omni something" aerial we bought the other day. It took a while but we eventually got that working too.
I can't count how many times today we've had to flip frantically through the enormous folder of information that makes up our "handbook". We've had a noisy toilet, fogged up windows, the washing machine going, the central heating timer to sort out. We've really not had anyone to show us how to use anything and I think the folk at the marina are sick and tired of one of us appearing at the door asking about something else.
At lunch time we determined another problem. Our belongings haven't yet arrived and although we have cutlery and a few glasses, plus 2 coffee mugs we bought, we don't have a single bowl or plate. I had heated up some soup in a Pyrex jug that had been left on the boat and ended up having to eat my soup from the jug. Mick had his from a glass! Our toast was served on a paper napkin. Another visit to Argos for a dinner set, a mirror, and a couple of cheap plastic storage units - one for under the dinette and the other for in the rear "cockpit". At least we could eat our dinner from proper crockery.
Now we are sitting here, chairs squeezed tight side by side so we can both face the tv, leaping up to investigate every noise. Why do I have a feeling it's going to be a long night.
1. Yesterday - waiting for Mick to empty the lock
2. Yesterday - a heron on the canal side
3. A lovely building we've passed each day driving to the marina
4. Our view tonight