Lack of Coal...Lack of a Secure Gas Connection!
Seeing as we were here and closer to the bus stop, I went into Poynton this afternoon to do a bit of food shopping but also picked up this little chap:
It's not the clearest picture I know, and i should have took it closer up - its the heather on the gas locker Im talking about! In one of the local florists they were selling them - only £2.95 and quite big, with really nice bright purple flowers on them. I needed something for the gas locker as all the autumn bedding plants have had their day already. Looks fab I think and adds a bit of brightness over winter.
So, on Monday we have a gas guy coming but our normal mooring - it's difficult, if not impossible, for people to access it by car if they don't already know the place. Even giving the postcode (we've got one of those!) shows up as somewhere different on most SatNavs and Google and ends up taking people to a completely different place!
Anyway, the gas guy is coming Monday, as we have known for a while that the gas connection isn't secure or safe really. There's welded joints on the gas line - and firstly, that isn't allowed by BSS and also it's a risk as a boat vibrates/shakes/moves and so the joins could split. It's all a bit scary really. At the moment, we're switching the gas bottles off when we're not cooking just to be on the safe side!
I tried phoning the guy who originally did the gas for us - he was on Gas Safe Register and was listed as being competent to do work on boats. He was quite an old boy, and when I called last week, his wife picked up ( Im guessing it was his wife!) and told me he was dead!! Trust me to put my foot in it! I apologised to her and put the phone down but then couldn't help but have a little laugh - trust me to pick a gas guy that drops down dead!
Insensitive? Maybe! But I'm pissed off he took £250 off me and didn't know what the hell he was doing and now I'm going to have to pay again!
It was a great day to go cruising that's for sure. Sunny (a bit blinding at times!), still, and with just a hint of a chill in the air. I wish we could have gone further... Lovely autumnal feel to it all.