Having had a disturbed nights sleep, with listening to bumps on the boat ( I think Marmite fell of something) and the fireworks going off, we were finally awake at 8 am and I did the usual morning thing and that is to make a cup of tea. The news was on and already there was tragedy. The changing of the year, does not change the disturbing news around the world. 8.30 am up and dressed, Paddy was still lounging in his bed, so I had to ask him if he wanted to go out for his wee. He leisurely climbed out of his pit and jumped up the step and onto the back counter. It was miserable out with rain splashing on the surface of the canal. We walked up to unlock the gates and then got back on the boat. Breakfast for mog and dog first and then Keith and I had our toast.
I got on then with riddling the fire and making it up for the day.
I had defrosted some mince over night and so got on with splitting it in two to make half the mince into a Cottage Pie and the other half into a Lasagna. In my Lasagna I like to add lots of veg, so we had some onions, carrots and sprouts in the fridge plus some manky mushrooms, so they all went into the Lasagna, along with a pasta sauce, pepper and a teaspoon of Marmite. Yep Marmite is lovely in pasta sauce. If I had had a bottle of Red Wine on board, I would of made my own sauce, but sadly there was non to be had, so a jar of sauce had to suffice. Into the Cottage Pie, I added onion, mushroom, chopped carrots, garlic, beef oxo cube, pepper and a splash of Worcestershire Sauce. The pot was then put on top of the stove to cook slowly, whilst the Lasagna went in the oven.
We had some of the Lasagna for lunch with veggies and although I say it myself it was yummy, which is more than I could say for the weather. It did not stop raining all day, so with nothing much to do, I watched films and did more to my family tree. It is certainly growing now and the more I do it the more I find out. I just wish some of the sites did not charge so much, because then I could find out more. Most of my afternoon and evening were spent researching my family tree, but there are still huge gaps and my grandfathers are a mystery still.