Well, we made it. We’ve left our yacht Fandancer in Greece for the winter. She’s in the boatyard and we flew back to London on Sunday, then took a coach, a train, a catamaran ferry then another train to get to our home in Ryde, Isle of Wight.
We’ve only lived here since April 2017, then by July we had left, and headed back to Greece for the summer. So it’s like being back in a new/different home for the first time. The garden – we’ll, what can I say? Imagine a green, tropical jungle, the grass was two feet high, the weeds were diabolical, the Passion flower had grown over the window shutters, the honeysuckle was strangling the fence. So for the last few days I’ve been outside with the secateurs, rubbish bags and mower, trying to tame the tiny jungle.
While we were away, we parked our very old car in a storage facility in East Cowes. So I sent Tim on the bus yesterday to collect the car and bring it back home. Hooray! It started first time, no flat tyres. It smelt a bit damp inside, as it is a very old car, and was covered with bird droppings….
The central heating boiler wouldn’t fire up when we got back. Luckily, it wasn’t freezing, and we could do without a shower for one day. Tim likes to think that he can fix, mend, repair anything in sight. And he usually can. But he is not a central heating expert….. So he started disassembling the boiler.
Finally, very grudgingly he had to admit defeat and give up, as I predicted, and I had to arrange for a gas engineer to call. The boiler had simply got damp through lack of use over the summer, which required the fan to be replaced. Huge amount of money! Tim said that paying for the repair was my birthday present, so I won’t be expecting any gifts to open in a few weeks’ time…
As I won’t have any Greek stories to report for the next few months, I thought I might look for some weekly or daily blogging prompts to respond to – I already participate in Thursday Doors, but do you know of any others I might like? How can I find them? Words or pictures, I don’t mind…….