Happy New Year.
Last night we played a card game that made sure we stayed alert and awake to see the New Year in. This game tested our powers of recollection with a series of memory tests similar to those used to test for dementia and it was reassuring that Storm and I fared almost as well as the youngsters.
We counted down to midnight with Jules Holland, and enjoyed some of the local fireworks and once they’d ended we went off to bed as we knew we’d be woken early by our two year old granddaughter.
This morning we were keen to get some fresh air and exercise with the family and we drove out along the Dee Estuary to Talacre beach. We got out of the car and were met by an icy blast. A brisk walk to the lighthouse and back was sufficiently bracing and we returned with red noses and watery eyes and it was a relief to get back into the car. This is definitely the coldest day so far this winter.
After lunch we returned to the boat to light the stove and I got changed into thermals and wet weather gear ready to head off.
2016 is going to be an exciting year for us as our son James is getting married in April and our daughter, Laura, is expecting her second child two weeks after that. As of today, therefore, we have taken a permanent mooring close to Chester so we can be near to Laura when needed and from where we can cruise when time allows. As we haven’t had a permanent mooring for two and a half years, and didn’t live aboard at that time, living on board in one place for longer than two weeks may take some getting used to.
Once suitably dressed to cope with the cold, I moved the boat the three miles to the mooring while Storm and Max went there by car.
This journey took me about 40 minutes and by the time we’d finished mooring up the stove was burning brightly and it was snug inside the boat and we were soon snoozing in front of the fire.