Rouge Corsair is back to being a working boat!
But I knew better.
I was about to touch up a window frame (lucky thing!), in the wheelhouse and thought better of it. Although Noel had decided to lift the motorbike onto the boat ‘tomorrow’ – I am quite used to plans changing.
At about 6:00 pm the clouds cleared, the sun shone, and as I slipped dinner into the oven (Mousakka) Noel announces, ‘I think we’ll move the boat up the canal and lift the bike on board.’
With the oven timer set, we disconnected the power, untied, and did a beautiful reverse manoeuvre into the canal.
Puttering along to the turning point we almost kept going. The sun warmed our faces, the engine purred and finally, after a long, cold, Belgian winter, we were on the move – although briefly. It was such a relief.
Suddenly, we were back on the dock with the bike and derrick at the ready.
Well, a few of our buddies came to see…
Via Noel’s carefully constructed rope-bridle on the bike we hauled it up, swung the derrick around and smoothly lowered the bike onto the deck.
We puttered back to our mooring, just for a few more days – soon we head down to Ypres. Butterflies flitted in our stomachs, we’re almost ‘on the road’ again.
What task/job have you achieved that was surprisingly easy?
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