That thing that ticks along in the background? The one our existence revolves around, but at the same time, barely features? The reason we don’t have normal weekends? Oh yeah! That thing!! THE CATAMARAN. Right. And where’s that at then?
Well, there’s a tingle in the air. Filling a tingle-shaped hole that has been empty for Quite Some Time. Somehow we’ve got a little buzz on. Money is a factor, but it’s more than that. M is now able to write lists of what needs to be done before we move aboard – something that was previously impossible, as it would have read like War and Peace and taken too much time to bother with. We’re actually discussing basins, countertops, shelves beside the bed…
The word ‘Webasto’ has haunted our nights for over a month. Obviously everyone knows what a Webasto is…right? Yeah. Right. It’s a diesel fuelled water heater. But it’s better described as the Creator of Hot Showers and General Warmth. And therefore it is my new friend – or it will be. Our goal is to move aboard with the least possible expense – and thus our Webasto is coming from Germany. Fingers crossed tight.
The prospect of living aboard has been part of our lives for so long – part of the Smalls lives always – that in some ways it’s just par for the course. The logistics involved in storing our caravan, sailing dinghies, dining table, many chairs, piano, guitars, bookshelves, bikes, kid crud, lawnmower, unnecessary clothes… are too difficult to gain any clarity on quite yet (don’t want to jump the gun…again). On the other hand – selling off the dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, trampoline, incidental furniture – BRING. IT. ON. Can’t wait to get rid of it all. (I’ll be sad about the piano and the chickens. They will have to go into the arms/homes of weary dependable friends…)
We will be going minimalist on a crazy scale. It will be unavoidably (yes M, it will) stressful. But the end result? A pared back existence, living in a tiny space, upon the sea. (Yes – this could have nightmareish/idyllic overtones depending upon your preferred scenario.) Free of rent, electricity and gas bills. Decluttered by necessity. We are all ready for it, and keen to be in a position where we will be able to hang together as a family more often. And not paying rent will allow us a bit more elasticity…
It kind of feels like we’re on the home stretch. But don’t quote me.
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