Wednesday, May 2, 2007

High and Dry!

Well, after a beautiful month of sunny Spring in France, the weather has turned COLD! Burrrrr, had to break out the fleece jacket and will definitely have to start wearing underwear again.

Yesterday, May 1st. was a holiday here, "fete" as they say, in honor of the workers of France - Labor Day!

The guys from the Bourgogne Yacht and Grumpy Old Mens' Club (BYGOMC) had an evening BBQ. With two roaring canal side fires and a couple of gallons of cheap wine we listened to selections played by Bruce a neighboring GOM from the ONYX across the canal. Bruce is from Rehoboth, DE and has been here for about a year, kicking back and tweaking his boat load of computers. He is solely instrumental in my ability to access high speed Internet stuff now as he has provided his services, free of charge, to the whole basin. There were five Americans, five Brits and a couple of French guys rounding out the group (added for local color).

Anyway, the boys from the dry dock came and collected the Shenandoah this morning hauling her across the canal and south a couple hundred yards into Atelier Fluvial for her new bottom paint and prop. Should be here for a week or so if all goes well. Surprising how much crud has accumulated over the past three years. ...and very surprising to see that the anodes have very little wear. That shows that the sophisticated electrical protection system I had installed is doing its job. Stand by for updates.