Daisypath - Vacation

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Under The Bed...

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I'm scared of under the bed. I think I'm scared because I read so many horror stories on Canal World or on other people's blogs about it being a prime place to get 'damp' or for condensation to form under there, and worse of all, the possibility mould could grow there...

Doesn't sound like the ideal "Boudoir" does it?! I'm a bit fussy like that. Can't stand dirty bedrooms, kitchens or bathrooms.(doesn't leave much left does it!?) I basically have OCD.

Anyway, I'm scared that horrible things could happen under my bed!! Sometimes I have sleepless nights thinking about what's under the bed, because I also store tons of shit all my worldly possessions under there which could contribute to condensation/damp/mould/filth/lice or whatever.

Hmmmm. So despite being scared of the bed, I do routinely check it and make sure everything is OK. Today was one of those days.

However, when I lift the mattress off to do a check, my heart starts racing, hands sweating and my pulse increases to about 160 beats per minute! It sounds ridiculous but that really is how it is!

The reason I decided I'd check under it today is because I'd also gone into town early this morning to get some slim plastic storage boxes to put some of my shit possessions into that were otherwise unprotected. I suppose everything should be in plastic storage cases really but it's just one of those things that we've never got round to!

Everything was fine under the bed - no mould, no damp and nothing was wet, although I don't know how this would happen anyway as I made our bedframe and made sure the mattress sits on slats rather than a solid piece of wood to allow circulation etc. So it's something that puzzles me when I hear about people having damp problems under their bed on their boats... How can it get so wet??

I'm rambling now I know! Anyway, pretty much all the stuff under there is now in boxes. I'll need to get one more box for just a few bits and bobs but I'll be happy then that under the bed really is a friendly place and not somewhere to be feared...

So yes, this is about as exciting as my life is at the moment - cleaning!!

Nothing else new really. Oh, I did take this pic last night of Eddie sleeping on me! Check out those teeth!!



Its been a beautiful day here today though, although the winds have been really strong - they've been throwing the boat around no end. They're supposed to last until the weekend and it's a bit scary when the gusts don't seem to taper off and the boat keeps rocking and rocking!

We've had some sunshine though which has made me feel a bit brighter and looking forward to summer. Here's a pic of the cows on the field outside our boat:



I made a chocolate pudding yesterday - my Chocolate Gooey Espresso Puddings that I posted the recipe to a few weeks back.
Anyway, here's how not to serve it:


(Hahaha, not funny at the time, but it is now!)

Yep, can you believe it, I took it out of the oven and it flew right out my hand onto the worktop and the ramekin smashed!

Oooops!

After a lot of swearing and shouting I ended up sitting down with a biscuit...! One Thing After Another!




8 comments:

  1. I think we had too much shit under the bed, it blocked the vents! So now we hope it will all be ok.

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  2. If you can fit a 4" computer fan to move the stagnent air about this will cure any damp air in the vicinity and stop any condensation but you must create a vent to exhaust regards Paul

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  3. Any wooden boxes under there!!!!!! Azzule!!!!!

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  4. I know that fear ! Worry not though, the thing to be scared about is when your filling up with water,( unbeknown for 6 mths on a brand new boat)and the inlet is faulty, causing leaking all underneath the bow and bedroom, saturating struts, we only realised when the carpet got wet around the steps,then gradually over the mths your inside wardrobes, bedside walls & mattress are black, mouldy, damp, & smell, this was only ONE of our boat problems, then you fight for a further 10 mths, & GET THE BOAT REPLACED. That's your nightmare. Touch wood 3 mths in on the new boat, & all is good, so you may sleep nicely tonight. Loved Eddie's grin.

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  5. HI Lewis,
    Les have lived aboard for seven years. We have lots of shit (many of our worldly possessions)stored under the bed. We found that using plastic for storing will indeed contribute to mold. Use cardboard instead to it can breathe. I also included sachets of dried lavender and rosemary sprigs to combat bacterial growth on things and bugs, as I am OCD about cleanliness too and spiders in particular. You can also get those hanging bags of silica online from Amazon to dehumidify. They work great and can be hung on a nail under the bed and brought out to dry every three months or so.
    Thanks for making me laugh--at us both! Have a great weekend,
    Jaq

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who has this fear then! Good idea about the silica sachets, think ill get some!

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  6. Hi Lewis, Thanks for the comment on the tiles, we are staying with Stephen and Jayne on Dolce, who you have met on a couple of occasions we discovered today.... small world. Good luck with the bathroom alterations, couldn't find you email address on your blog to send you a message ours is t@wagencies.fsnet.co.uk hope we meet up with you guys sometime this year!

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    1. Their boat name, dolce far niente does sound familiar, are they moored around here?? Not sure I know your friends to speak to though? Maybe that should change?! Definately would be good to meet! You weren't that far away from us today in Derbyshire though?

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