In like a lion out like a lion!

When I was wee, my Grandma told me that if March comes in like a lion (stormy, wintery and generally nasty weather) then it was duty bound to leave like a lamb…

She’d obviously never been to Amsterdam!

Here we are just days away from leaving Sixhaven Marina and freezing easterly winds are lashing the city, bringing the overnight temperatures to well below freezing. I know it has been bad also in England, but the abundance of water and the flatness of the Netherlands, adds to the misery of De weer slecht. (Bad weather).

Most of us liveaboards are heartily sick of it by now as the first of April laughingly heralds the Summer Season for sailors!

So what?

Well, it means that the mooring fees come in to full force and the overwintering rate is over. In real terms there must be an exodus from Sixhaven, and for me that means into the adjacent canal and up to the Florapark after the second sluis.

Time to change the engine oil. Polly must be ready for the next voyage!

Time to change the engine oil. Polly must be ready for the next voyage!

Even the short run up to the Florapark needs to be prepared for; so I have been busy changing the engine oil and fuel, and oil filters, as well as renewing two hydraulic steering pipes that had ruptured due to me dropping a heavy steel vice on top of them!

The Florapark is a free stretch of canal which is used by a rag tag of folk during the summer. Various anarchists and liveaboards populate it, so it can be a bit rough. I shall be going through with a couple of locals who assure me they will look out for me. Needless to say, I am a bit nervous!

Changing the fuel separator filter, responsible for providing clean diesel to the engine.

Changing the fuel separator filter (out of picture), responsible for providing clean diesel to the engine.

At this point one may ask: “Why are you staying in Amsterdam? I thought you were leaving the Netherlands after winter?”

And there is the reason! It still is bloody winter!

Fear not though, dear readers…  The Viking Queen will leave as soon as the ice further north melts and the Baltic Sea becomes navigable. Then ‘Free’ shall be sailing into the German Bight and to the Kiel Canal… the gateway to the Baltic!


About Viking Queen

I am a sailor and I live on my boat 'Free'. I have no home but originate from Tyneside. I have no allegiance, just a desire to do no harm and live with courage and an open heart.
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5 Responses to In like a lion out like a lion!

  1. christian says:

    bad weather UK,Scotland and Ireland some places with no eletric now for 5 days and 16ft of snow,lots sheep/lambs dead and other livestock lost and am sure crops lost so prices will go up again. but London as got off lightly with no snow yet just very cold and everyone moaning .how u manage on the free i don’t know as no heating or hot water now since last Thursday strange as i never have heating on in my bedroom and have the windows wide open in winter but hse seems extra cold and sorry for its self. safe sailing – is it Monday u move on or weekend. take care Cx
    will awaiting the next post

  2. Viking Queen says:

    You’ve been in the wars too! Most house dwellers have no idea of what cold is, but I believe you do Chris. ‘extra cold and feeling sorry for itself’ That’s a really good way to describe it. Very poetic! Chin up girl! Moving out on Monday but still not too sure where… May stick with Carro and Dan for a while and cough up some dosh. Sweden still frozen.

  3. rollinwithcarro says:

    Together we will make the best of this no matter whats the weather is like. We have taken you under our wings. 🙂

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