People on the towpath often say to boaters "What a nice life, peaceful and relaxing - no worries!" They should have been with me today.
Not only has it been cold and miserable, with torrential rain this afternoon but just after I'd set off this morning I noticed my instrument panel was dead: rev counter, temperature gauge, voltmeter, oil pressure - the lot. Oh, and so was the engine stop button!
Time to call out
I was still feeling pleased with myself when I stopped at Stourton Junction for lunch. Tied up quickly and went inside to find the whole of the boat full of smoke! Luckily it was only smoke: the door on the stove had come ajar (It was OK when I checked it at Gothersley lock) and smoke was pouring out of the fire. I presume it had only just happened, perhaps when I stopped, and I certainly hope so otherwise that expensive smoke alarm I've bought has been a waste of money!
Yes, boating is a nice life, peaceful and relaxing - no worries : usually!