Finally we have our boat! And also we managed to get some Wifi. The signal here in Pont de Vaux is very weak for our Orange dongle thingie so we Re in the Tourism Centre where the lovely lady has given us some time for free.
So. Lots has happened in the last few days. We made it alive to the Hotel de Raisin although I have surely got a few more grey hairs, that is for sure. The old lane drift is alive and well in France, frightening the bejesus out of me although Alan kept pretty cool and calm as usual.
The food in the restaurant was lovely…I’ll add some pics at the end of this post. The next morning we heard from the boat broker that it was in fact a public holiday (Ascension Day) and that he wasn’t sure if we could get into the boat as the Capitanerie would be closed. We thought we would book another night in the Hotel but they informed us they were full as it was a long weekend. However the broker arrived with the vendor who did have a key so that was a relief. Unfortunately the next issue was that some de-winterising work hadn’t been completed so there was some light begging by the previous owner, Pierre, to get a mechanic over to the boat to sort out something in the engine bay (way beyond my pay grade) and while they were waiting for him Alan and I took the car to Macon where the hyper market, Auchon, was open.
We bought sheets, duvet and inner, towels etc and when we got back it was all sorted apparently and off they went leaving us on our boat for the first time. Very exciting! We were kindly invited to a kiwi couple’s boat for some drinks and pasta which was awesome as we really hadn’t got much to eat at that stage. It was a really nice evening and we went to bed feeling pretty please with how it had all gone, all things considered.
This morning however we found we had lost our shore power and the gas wasn’t working either. And no wifi. A couple of hours of turning things on and off and trying to nut out what the problem was we noticed the Captianerie was open, so we headed down there and asked about the electricity. Turns out the circuit breaker on the shore had popped (it has done it twice now) and suddenly we had electricity. Also after some more playing around with the switches for the gas we now seem to have gas.. Long May that last!
This afternoon we have been scrubbing and vacuuming and cleaning and now our boat looks relatively clean and tidy and it looks amazing.
The internet signal is very week here so could only add 2 pics