Bloody Rain…

May 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

I’m sat here in Bristol watching the rain spatter against the window, with a tidy house, the house sitter has been furnished with his key (and is due to move in tomorrow), and I am itching to get down to the boat to get on with the 4 coats of epoxy and 2 of antifouling that she needs before relaunch (booked for next Tuesday!). As well as all the interior work I need to finish to get her back to habitable (let alone sailable!).

But it’s raining, and besides, I have the dregs of a nasty cold I picked up last week at Keswick Mountain Festival where the weather was glorious and I sat on my stall for 3 days with a fabulous view of Derwent Water, Catbells and Skiddaw, reading a dog eared copy of Atlantic Britain by Paul Nicholson which a neighbour back at Beaulieu Boat Jumble had given to me. It was a great read, but I just knew the weather wouldn’t hold!


So here we are. We’ve had a washout Bank Holiday weekend (which I spent cleaning the house). Looking at the forecast it is going to continue to rain for the next few days and I feel kind of stuck. I need it dry to paint with epoxy, and although there is stuff I could get on with inside it needs electrics and I’m a long way from the sockets in the yard so need a double extension lead which is not waterproof. Also I need to sleep in the van, which is not much fun in the rain as (like the boat) you can’t really escape getting wet and bringing wet into the van, and then of course you get cold. And with the dregs of this cold still lingering I don’t want to get more sick or miserable… And anyway the dog hates the rain: If she’s miserable, I’m miserable.

So I am going to go off and get my sails from Clevedon this afternoon at least, and I may bring the bilge boards in from the shed for a final few coats of varnish in the kitchen.

If we’re honest though, it looks like I’m probably not going to make 3rd June… Which is not the end of the world as I’m actually paid up til 13th June, and a close friend has decided quite last minute to have a 40th birthday party after all (after a period of denial I think) on the weekend of the 10-11th June, which is a bit of a logistical nightmare as it is in Wiltshire, but I can’t not go really. We will be ready when we are ready.

In the meantime, I tried out a recipe over the weekend which I think will translate very well to the boat. It uses veggies that store very well un-refrigerated, and I think it would go very well with mackerel (you hear me? ;-). I’m trying to think of healthy stuff to supplement the standard yachting fare of Fray Bentos and Fish and Chips, and this fits the bill rather well.

It was really tasty and quite robust.  I made far too much, though it kept well for a good few days staying crunchy til the end!

Raw Cabbage Salad

Very sharp knife needed

Raw Salad

2 parts white cabbage finely sliced
1 part carrot grated or finely ‘julienned’
1 red onion
1 mango excavated, and chopped
Bunch of parsley
Bunch of corriander
Mixed seeds


Juice of 2 or 3 limes
Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 tsp Tahini (or sesame oil)
Good glug of olive oil (depending on how oily you like your salad)
You could add some honey as well if you wanted/had some.

Simply mix all the salad, make up the dressing and pour it over, mixing that in well too.

Eat with smugness knowing it’s packed with loads of nutrients and goodness.  Unlike a tinned pie.