Be CO Safe on the Waterways this Summer

Towards the end of March, we were contacted to enquire if we’d be interested in testing a Carbon Monoxide Alarm Tester-kit from ‘Gas Safe Europe’. What a brilliant idea! Regular readers will remember late last year we’d had a bit of a scare when our CO alarm went off in the middle of the night, after high winds must’ve caused a back flow from the multi-fuel fire and consequently fumes spread into the boat. The sound I heard (Barry slept right through it!), was a recurrent beeping. One I’d not previously experienced. It took a while for us to realise what was emitting the persistent sound.

That’s the challenge, what DOES a CO alarm sound like? How do you even know your alarm is working? Continue reading

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Our Valiant Remora Flue Pipe Fan review

In February we were contacted by Valiant, via this blog, enquiring as to whether we’d be interested in reviewing a brand new product on board Areandare. We’d previously used a stove-top fan, but clumsily knocked if off one time too many! Subsequently we chose not to replace it; they’re not cheap items and we imagined the same thing was bound to happen. However, we’d sorely missed the positive action of a fan circulating warm air through the boat.

At almost the same time as the email arrived in my in-box, Barry had been gazing ruefully at our stove, seriously contemplating the potential design of a fan that could be placed ON the Flue Pipe. He’d no idea one had recently been invented and was about to be launched – and offered to us to test! Remarkable synchronicity … Continue reading

Some strange synchronistic happenings

Years ago, when I initially ventured to New Zealand in the British autumn of 2001, I treasured the gift of time to read a number of inspirational books. One of these was ‘The Celestine Prophesy‘. I recall it talked about how people come into your life for a reason, and each one, if you’re open and watching, has some form of lesson for you. Mostly people in the busy-ness of 21st century life are moving too frantically to digest the awareness of their particular teachers’ words of wisdom.

The book also touched upon synchronistic happenings. As if Universal energy emits signals into the ether around subjects you think or mention. The words contained my ‘Spiritual Awakening’ I guess.

A few strange events appear to be leading me towards reading this book again – or at the very least whispering to me to make more space to notice people and events around us. Continue reading