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Cat on a hot tin boat (or why you should definitely have a ship’s cat)

keeping cats on boats

Last night I spent a dreadful sleepless night. Geoff had gone out at around 8pm and hadn’t come back. This was unusual, and it was only the third night at our new mooring. At 1am I was staring out into the pitch darkness of the towpath, crying out in a high-pitched mewl: ‘Geoff! Ge-off!’ But […]

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Something a wise woman once told me

fear is first stage of courage

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a wise woman told me this: she said that fear is the first stage of courage. I’m writing this now, all these years later, because once again I’m afraid. I have fear, now, sitting in my chest and in my belly. And so instead of waiting for […]

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Repel flies naturally with Citronella (I said Citronella, not Cinderella)

Repel flies naturally with citronella

It’s ridiculously hot. It’s stupendously hot and I can’t get cool anywhere. I know it’s an annoying habit of British people to complain about the weather but it’s just. Too. Hot. No breeze. Just hot. Pretty fly for a… fly guy? Anyway, another aggravating problem that so often comes along with heat is… flies. Situated […]

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Hey look, I knitted my own yoghurt, yo!

How to make homemade yoghurt

I have a friend who refers to me ‘knitting’ my own yogurt, because she believes that making yoghurt is complicated and full of dropped stitches. But she’s wrong. It’s about as easy as… well, making yoghurt. Any time can be UHT-time But wait! I hear you cry. Why do I need to make my own […]

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Scones without an oven

Baking scones with an oven

When I lived in a house I used to love freshly baked scones. Not all the time, you understand; it was one of those things I’d do now and then. I got a lot of pleasure from the scent of baking loveliness emanating from my oven. Now I live on a boat. The first thing […]

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10 things to try when wasps are eating your boat

Wasps are eating my boat

So it’s another stupidly hot day on the boat. And off the boat. And everywhere. Yes, I know British people are supposed to complain about the weather but this heat is just too. damn. much. I did find a USB fan hanging around, which helps a little as I’m sitting here at my laptop. But […]

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How to deal with a fruit fly explosion in your kitchen

How to deal with a fruit fly explosion

I walked into my kitchen earlier today and found myself in an unanticipated cloud of fruit flies. Oh gawd. This was my punishment for allowing a lemon to go mouldy in the fruitbowl. It had lain there concealed by the shiny yellow glow of all the other lemons… Toxic kitchen massacre Fruit flies are pretty […]

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Using vinegar for cleaning (and when NOT to use it in a chemical toilet)

Using vinegar for cleaning

I’ve been using vinegar for cleaning for years. As a cleaning agent it’s safe, non-toxic and anti-bacterial – and cheap. It tackles mould and limescale and can be excellent at removing stains. While I’ve used all different kinds of vinegar for my cleaning – including cider vinegar, white malt vinegar and plain white vinegar (maybe not […]

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I'm afraid I write most of the nonsense on this site, apart from the stuff written by Geoff. (Geoff is the cat in orange.)

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