As you might have guessed the photo of the Sshh label in my last post was taken in Paddington basin, just below St Mary’s hospital. There’s always something to see in Paddington. Last time I was up there this fine fellow was attempting to shovel up the duckweed in his special boat, but it seemed to me it was growing faster than he was clearing!
Round the corner in the basin the moorings were all full and the odd disappointed boat(er) was still arriving. I sat in the Little Venice office waiting for a meeting to start and a lady came in asking where she could tie up for the night. They couldn’t really help her apart from telling her to go back towards the west and see what she could find. Hmmm.
At the meeting, there was some better news. This winter, they will not be renting out winter mooring permits for central London, so the (more than) half of Paddington basin that is usually let out will be freed up for visiting boats, as will a few more spaces in Little Venice. As long as the enforcement team keep boats from overstaying, we might have a chance of tying up there when we visit this winter. We are once again moving Herbie south for the winter just so we can do stuff like that.
Meanwhile we’re off on Sunday, for our annual camping trip to Shropshire, but en route we’re dropping in at Herbie to see how the loo fan is doing and to pick up some bits we need for camping. Normally I make it a rule to switch the batteries off at the isolators when we leave the boat, but this time I left the power on to keep the fan running. At a current draw of 0.06 amps I assume the solar panel will keep pace without trouble. We have resealed the exit tube from the fan to outside the boat, but I’m not yet convinced that a tiny amount isn’t still getting into the space between the hull and the lining. Fingers crossed.