Warning: another list post
Clothing from proper outdoors shop: one super warm, waterproof and windproof coat. Two very warm funnel neck fleece type tops, two pairs of lined trousers, two long sleeved tops, two sets of base layers, all quick drying. Extra warm socks, hat and scarf. Bootie style thick lined slippers with proper soles. Guest slippers. A very warm dressing gown.
Buy/have made proper seating that converts to a guest bed. Buy large Moroccan style floor cushions. Buy electric heater(s) from chandlery (for when there’s not time to light the stove). Buy an electric blanket. Buy a MyFi internet box from BT. In order to save space, instead of having dinner plates, side plates (which are pretty pointless anyway) and bowls, buy dinner plate sized bowls, shallow enough for dinner and sandwiches, deep enough for cereal. (I am hoping such things exist outside of my imagination, if you have seen them do let me know!) Buy proper working gloves.
Get bilge pump fitted. Buy a new centre rope. Buy and fit a horn. Buy and fit cratch cover to keep wind off the doors (thank you to writer, blogger and narrowboat dweller Ian Hutson for this). Paint walking board with paint and sand to make a non slip surface. Add a rope for safety when walking around the outside of the boat, if possible. (Did I mention I am Little Ms Health and Safety?) In the/a summer, get boat taken out of the water and blacked, and also paint outside if needed, if not just give it a good wash. Attach tyres around the outside as extra bumper protection. Upgrade the solar panels.
To summarise, I have two lists on the go: a going travelling list and a living on a narrowboat list. The narrowboat is for when we come back, although we may spend a few weeks on it before we go, just to make it real. I also have notes for a new about page and plans to upgrade to a paid plan (is this a good thing to do fellow bloggers? If so, personal or freelancer business package?) once I leave my job and can be both more dedicated and more open; there won’t be thirty intense hours of my week that I can’t write about, and I won’t have to worry about protecting my professional reputation.