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What is a "macerator"

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 4:40 AM

: 'macerate'   "

soften or become soft by soaking in a liquid"... Latin .'macerere'.comes from the Greek.

I'm well acquainted with ' maceration'.  "soak" serves me in speaking or writing about the process.  Flahavan's  Oats are soaked overnight before being porridged the following morning. When the trotters are tired, one uses the maceration process with a basin of warm water and some Epsom salts to help with subsequent exfoliation and nail clipping. Maceration has its uses ...  


 8.15am on Wed.19th April at  Bridge 43a on the Coventry canal. Overhead is the inevitable Watling Street with which we have remained in occasional but ongoing contact with since setting out from Dartford on the w/e of 8th/10th October 2016.

An excellent night's sleep has been enjoyed and the sun is shining in a blue sky, I've made my coffee and have two boiled eggs on the go with toast when Next Door's engine fires up.

Next Door had arrived under cover of increasing gloom last evening in a 60' floating corridor. On board, a lovely couple on their second day's hiring. They had tied up  'longside and we had chatted as I helped them secure just short of Lock5 landing stage. The pound was fairly well populated and theirs was the last spot available anyway. Being close to the overhead A5 (and adjacent to the railway line) it could also be just a little noisy until real night closed in and things went quiet.As they do up here in Warwickshire.

Next Door had rightly backed off from Lock5 in the gathering gloom and had used convenient rings to tie within 100m of the lock. The bottom gates of Lock5 yawn when the lock is empty and because Lock5 is self emptying a boat going up in the morning could, slip and rope or drive directly into the lock, let some water down from a top paddle, thus ensuring the bottom gates stayed closed as they got organised for the lift

The Coventry is a narrow canal of course so gates are  light. First boat up, is able to drift into the ole with the boat  pushing aside  the already yawning gates. I'd suggested the previous evening to Next Door  that if they wished to set off early, they could be in and up the lock in a flash.AND.Since last night's last boat had come DOWN, they could possibly make a clean sweep of the remaining five locks to  Atherstone top before anyone had even got up.  Boaters generally don't get going too early on this lazy canal and especially on this beautiful stretch. 

So! When I heard Next Door's engine firing up, I reckoned [wrongly as you will shortly see] they are going to do a "fast away".  I popped my head out to greet them wiith the morning's felicitations and offered to lockwheel them up the flight..

He sez

"We're not in a hurry away! 

We have to start the engine

to go to the toilet"

I'm incredulous.

Thi floating corridor needs lecky to replenish

their overnight use  watching telly or whatever

He now has to start the engine

to run the alternator

to generate electricity 

to charge the batteries

to supply the power

to run the "macerator"

so they can use  the toilet. 

He shared with me that the ' heating system' on board only works while the engine is running so they wanted a little warmth against the early morning April brrr. This was explained through a huge cloud of steam/smoke emitting from an exhaust pipe. I left him to it and retreated to the innards to muse over this latest bit of strangeness. To perform a bowel evacuation on this very new, very state of the art canal narrowboat one had to be in possession of a workable voltage in the leisure circuit. I mused as to what one might do on a "modern" boat which develops an electrical glitch so that there is no leisure voltage. You guys tell me! My boat is 1973 and is 'erm' state of the 1930s art" or so it would appear.

However! ... Pentargon has an "Airhead" composting toilet.

When I want to shoot a log I just sit down and pull the firing pin.


As an aside, These days I have a cuppa coffee each morning,

hand ground in Pentargon's pestle and mortar with cardamom seeds.

Cardamom has excellent laxitive properties.

The seeds for the coffee, the pods for the tea! 

Polesworth Library Sat.20Apr. 

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Reply Gongoozler
11:26 AM on September 2, 2017 
Ha Ha.. You really have a way of putting it. Love the cardamom laxative