Yes dear we do have storms in Holland

This was one of the wettest and coldest New years periods we have had in Holland for many years.  2 or 3 years ago, the Daffodils were blooming on Jan 3rd.

The boat weathered the first storm very well.  The second one, which became a code Orange it survived also very well.  Only ‘damage’ were the bike were moved by the wind, luckily they were securely attached to the railing, so they did not went into the water.  (Unlike the lock keys with Lew dropped when he visited.  Instead of using the designated keys with the floater, he used the emergency keys, and yes they went into the water, for a more peaceful and quiet life)

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The second storm was quite violent, trucks blown of the road, roofs separating from buildings.

 

 

 

Sleep lost, conditioning, bribery paid of more, beach walk,

Monday August 14

“wake-up  wake-up” .  what ..I am dreaming so nice. it is 1 am and the water pump keeps cycling.  Bloody hell, water running, well just turn the pump off, and we wil deal with it later.  Naturally, getting back to sleep is hard,  thoughts are running through my mind, like….the water line is ruptured..need to remove the wall panels,  which could mean taking the radiators down, or moving the sofa.   After breakfast I turn the pump on and we listen for water gushing.  Deb hears it in the engine room, and yes, we find a hose clipped of the T made by the HVAC guy, I fasten it and we continue.

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I go to the wood place, across the marine and order some wood.  They come out and say ‘have a great day’ .   Hmmmm so giving . case of beer each time we go to the boat, does have perks…….discounted and free wood.

Later that day  our peace is are rudely interrupted by the local swans, demanding they need to be fed through the kitchen window.   A daily task Deb gladly performs, and reminds her if the night on the etang at Rogney le Sept Ecluses, where she hand fed the swans.

 

Because the sink was draining slowly, it shared a bottom hull through with the shower, I made an additional hull through, just for the sink.  It involves, drilling a small pilot hole, to make sure we are under the ‘stoot rand’ (bumper), then drilling the correct hole size. sticking a stick through it, stepping on the small stoor rand and pushing the outside part of the hull through over the stick in the hole.  Without the stick being there, it would be very likely to have the brass piece fall in the water.

We went to the beach, had a walk and some food.

 

Hoor de wind waait door de bomen

Saturday July 29

“Oh hear the wind blow through the trees” . the beginning of a St Nicholas song, and correct at that December time.   That song popped up when I woke up….blimey the flags on the mast were enduring quite hard winds,  Yes there was rain too, quite a lot. more than the normal 19 -27 drops of Dutch rain during the day.  It was only 6:30 am, around 9 am it got sunny and nice.

When Deb woke up, she wanted to take a shower, which she would enjoy..since we have UNLIMITED hot water …but her shower only lasted a minute or so….       “what happened?”  ..”it is cold ” Her reply was.   Bloody hell again troubles with the Kabola.  So even though one never calls a supplier on a Saturday I did call Ron and explained it to him and asked for him to come by during the week.

I went into the roof to clean up the wiring on the battery/ inverter system and pull a few more wires for the bilge, when I heard Deb say ” Visitors” and it was Ron and Jochem, on their bikes.  Ron went into the engine room, and concluded it was something to do with the circulation pump and air in the system.   Jochem asked me if I had a ‘ontluchtings sleutel’ . (a key to let air out of the hot water heating system  )

I replied “well you know the installer (Ron) told me earlier this week that he would bring one by the barge, but he has forgotten me ”  To which Ron answered ” see you can never trust these installers”, and we had a laugh.

Once they left I had to dash to Hornbach and Klaas Mulder to get some parts.  I had dropped a little screw from the Battery monitoring shunt and I needed extra plumbing for the water tank, so I could install the new pump, and have an easy way to blow the pipes with air to winterize.

At Hornbach, I found the screw, but the plumbing department was like Home Dumpo or Lowes .  “I don’t know, why don’t you use our quickfit system and this is not my department” .  So I was rather peeved when I went to the checkout and presented my 76 cents of screws and when I pulled out a debit card, the teller pointed to my plastic bag with the parts I took along to see how to fit them . “what about these?”  “Uhmmm these are mine whom I took to see for fitting!”  ” Well I think they are Hornbach’s” . “Uhmm NO you don’t have these items” . ” Sir we have 30,000 items so we definitely have them” ” wel i took them in myself” .  “well next time anything you bring in you need to show so they can write you a ticket” .   “what????? so I need to show my underwear?    what about my key ring, I KNOW you sell them here too” . OH I really nearly broke loose in a rant. I just walked out, and hope Praxis across the street would be a better place.   FAT chance……their assortment is even smaller and asking if anybody can help  in the plumbing department is being answered ”  I only work here not in plumbing and nobody can help you”

So back in the boat I had to take a beer and relax.