I am sitting underneath a pair of knickers. We have just done our washing at the local launderette in Kidderminster and hung it up to dry in the boat. Now before you get carried away imagining a neatly stacked clothes horse rising elegantly from the floor in all its concertina glory, I am going to have to disappoint. Wash day on Little More is about as tidy and elegant as a drunkard on a bouncy castle. You don't get two duvet covers, assorted towels and sheets, T-shirts and jeans and the aforementioned pants dry on a single clothes horse. Nah, you're going to want some string: tie it to the hand rails outside and run it longways along the inside of the boat, securing it on the handrails right out at the other end. Zig zag it through windows so it cuts across the kitchen and living room. Keep going until you run out either of space, string or the will to live, leaving the boat looking a little like seven balls of string are in the throes of a particularly intense and satisfying string-orgy. Then hang stuff off it (it likes that, the kinky string) and sit outside for two days and wait for it to dry. Or, if it is raining, crumple yourself up tiny and sit inside underneath something small that your head won't keep bashing. Like a pair of knickers.
Some would say that this sounds a bit more trouble than its worth. I say to them: you haven't sniffed us after three weeks without a launderette, mate.
Anyway, we're off; Kidderminster is a town ruined by roads. It looks like a large animal with its entrails hanging out. The people all sound like me and are very friendly – especially the lady in the “Forest Wash” laundrette, an establishment jauntily hung with all manner of plastic vegetation, principally ivy. I half expected the band Tight Fit to burst out of the staff room to sing The Lion Sleeps Tonight as our socks rotated in rhythm. I was very tempted to wait it out and see if they did; I have a bit of a thing about launderettes that I may or may not write about sometime. It's not a problem or anything.
Loads of beards here too...