Al was still not feeling too clever so we just stayed in today... We are really trying to conserve water as we are now getting a bit low, and will soon have to start filling our container... We have been static in the ice for 45 days, but 18 of those days we have been off Derwent6 with the problems with Al's mum and Christmas... Our waste tank still seems to be holding out and diesel is just below half, so we seem to be coping quite well. We were lucky as we did get some washing done when down in Kent, but you still have to carry it back. Del had a look at the engine leak today and it appears to be water from the leaking radiator running into the stern, so the engine appears to be alright, good news! On inspection under the floorboards there appears to be no damage and the water has either dried up or runaway to the stern. We were expecting an assessor from the insurance company today, but he is now coming tomorrow. We have also been monitoring our use of coal as we need it to last till we get moving again and can get back on wood. On speaking to other boaters around here the temperatures dropped to minus twenty on Christmas day and other boaters have got burst pipes and water tanks, so we consider ourselves lucky with our problems. Mind you we haven't had the waste tank and water tank filled to the brim to see if there is any damage at the top of the tanks. Fingers crossed, touch wood and all that!!!
With Al still poorly we went to bed early and kept warm... we have plenty of honey and lemons!