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The Adventures of Distant Drummer & Flirtie
confined to the cabin
21/03/2013, Les Minimes Marina (position 46 08.555'N 01 10.098'W)

This morning we've awoken to torrential much so that we havn't even ventured outside to remove the window covers. Since arriving back in La Rochelle were pleased to say we've seen very little rain, no snow and just a couple of mornings of frost and over the last few weeks we've even been out in tee shirts and slapped on the sun-tan lotion! Spring certainly looked like its on it's way but now I'm not so sure.

With the window and hatch covers in place there's very title natural light streaming into the cabin (only the portlights in the hull sides and cabin doors) so we're pleased we installed a couple of bulkhead lights a few years ago. At least these together with the 12 volts lights provide a warm light below and make for a cossy homely feeling.

...well I don't think we're going anywhere today so I think it's on with the coffee and time to catch up with a few emails and facebook.

If your interested the lights were sourced from Wickes
and they were painted with Plasti-kote

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the fair's in town!
17/03/2013, Les Minimes Marina (position 46 08.555'N 01 10.098'W)

It arrived literally overnight a few weeks ago and has been a source of amusement ever since. The music starts up every afternoon and depending on the weather goes on through to 10pm. It's been here for such a long time now that we even know some of the words to the music played. 'Whoop, Whoop, alley...' and occasionally we can feel the bass tones vibrating through the hull. Depending on the wind direction our taste buds have been working overtime with the aromas of hot donuts, candy floss and toffee apples being cooked! Today, we spent the afternoon meandering around the fair (aka 'Luna Park') to check out some of the rides and concluded that we must be getting too old for this type of excitement, finding that the majority of the rides looked far too scary for us and preferring the slot machines instead!

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10, 20, 30....60 meters
11/03/2013, Les Minimes Marina (position 46 08.555'N 01 10.098'W)

Last year we used cable ties to mark our chain but we weren't really impressed. Whilst we know of many others cruisers who favour this approach we found that our winch chewed them up at an alarming rate and additionally we're always concerned about shredding our hands on them despite wearing gloves.

A 5€ investment in a can of red paint and a little bit of effort now see's us with an alternative solution. What's more we have plenty of paint left to patch it up next year..and the year after..and the year after :-)

Modifications & Upgrades
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