Monday, 22 October 2012

Hou la la, what rain

Uncharacteristically (we've repeatedly been told) it has been raining pretty much non-stop for the past week or 10 days. These depressions normally pass either further north or south - don't they know that? On a couple of days the rain was so hard that we barely made it off the boat at all. Luckily, Jim had rigged up our tarpaulin vestibule just in time so we had some outside space for leaving wet footwear and jackets and for doing the dishes.

Our tarp vestibule, which can be fully closed with an open brolly
I had questioned the need for taking wellington boots along, but boy are they handy! Another essential on board is the mosquito net. The wet weather brought another outbreak of desperately hungry mosquitoes. Between them, our mosquito coils and the net draped over our bunk deal with those that manage to escape being killed with our bare hands.

Mosquito-proof sleeping arrangements
To keep ourselves entertained, we started a batch of sloe gin with sloes picked from local hedgerows and aguardiente given to us in Pontevedra. This will mature over the winter and be ready for consumption in early spring. The foraging around here has been good. Unfortunately, the fig season is over now, but there are still walnuts and chestnuts.

Sloes, aguardiente and sugar, that's all there is to it
And, of course, the bad weather has been the ideal opportunity to get knitting again. At this rate, I'll be able to knit us a whole new winter wardrobe...

New hats

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