I used to work in a bakery back in the days in Stockholm. After that I love bread and the lovely smell of fresh baked bread not just in the morning but all the time. I tried another bread with nuts and sesame seeds and it came out great. Now a lovely sandwich on fresh baked bread.
We said many times that its always fun to make your own things and not have to go and buy things all the time. This is not just cost saving but also loads of fun and you learn instead of relying on some shop or other person all the time.For weeks I have been looking for Dutch blue tiles for making my own trivets as I had some old ugly once with a fish on that I always did not like but they were handy many times. Today I went into a flea market and found some tiles for only 2 euros each! I bought the set of 6 and made my own trivets with a nautical theme of course. I think they came out pretty nice, don’t you? 🙂
As living on a boat is a ongoing project and this winter i I already told you in earlier posts what we did this winter. We wanted to have some small heating in the tool room as well just to keep the moisture away. We had been thinking about tube heaters but I just thought that they just did not have enough power. I found a oil radiator on 450w and its great. Gives great heat, does not sound anything, no smell and the moisture is gone even in a whole day with heavy rain. The boat has always been dry and nice but after all this insulation work and heating system we have it is even more great. Now we just need to attach the radiator somewhere in there so its out of the way and pull the electric into the tool room and then we are settled. This will hopeful be made tonight or tomorrow as we are soon setting off down to Amsterdam area. This D has to do as I need to work.
We need to stock up on diesel, food, dog food and water before we wet off as I always like to have a lot on board and not having to go to the supermarket the first thing in next port. But as a sailor you always seem to be a little more prepared than others.
Her are some extremely boring pictures of our radiator, but it is great. 🙂
One of the thing we don’t have on board is a TV and it feels great. 8 years without a TV has made me much smarter and also made me got some hobbies and learned about things I never thought I even would be interested in. So when you land people sit in your big sofas watching a TV show with absolutely no meaning we create something. Those things can for an example be:
Learning about electronics on board such as 12v and convert between AC and DC.
Knots and para cord making ( D used to have knot school with me an hour a day when we sailed from The Med)
Diesel engines such as changing filter,impeller, check oil (both in engine and gearbox)
I love my husband for showing me these things even though its been a struggle sometimes and a lot of bad words coming out, its great to be able to know that I can fix these thing by myself if i would ever need it. He was also the one that thought me how to sail we cannot forget that, and a loads of other things I probably never think of anymore. 🙂
One of the hobbies on board that you can do at anytime and it takes no space to store is para cord key rings and bracelets for example. My husband is awesome at splicing, doing knots and para cord. We a box filled with tools for this and ropes in all different colors and thicknesses. I have not really been that interested before but its kind of fun to watch D do it and try to make my own.
Another one is yoga. Just a small carpet and you are ready to go. I sometimes sit in the front of the boat also during sailing and just relax on the carpet and suck in natures forces. Nothing is better than the fresh air and the wind touching your body while sailing quietly through the waves. Life is almost full filled at that point.