PENTARGON .. SPRINGER

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"Longest Friendliest Village in England".

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What is a "macerator"

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

OED: 'macerate'  (especially with reference to food) "soften or become soft by soaking in a liquid".

L.'macerere'.

8.15am Wed.19th Bridge 43a Coventry canal. A good night's sleep having been enjoyed and the sun shining in a blue sky, I've made coffee and had two boiled eggs with toast when next door's engine starts. It's a 60' floating corridor with a lovely couple on their second day's hiring. They tied up 'longside last night and we had chatted. They had rightly backed off from Lock5 before dusk and tied up the longboat beside mine and only 100m from the lock.


The bottom gates are prone to yawn when the lock is empty and the lock is prone to empty overnight so first boat up, MAY be able to gently drive into the ole using the boat to push back the gates. I'd suggested if they set out early they could probably make a clean sweep right to the top seeing as how the last boat last night had come down. All the locks should be in favour.


But, back to the morrow morn!  8.15am Wed.19th Bridge 43a Coventry canal. I hear next door's engine firing and reckon [wrongly] they are going to do a "first away" and greet them with the morning's felicitations. He sez "We have to start the engine to go to the toilet" I'm incredulous but he explains that the floating corridor needs lecky and his batteries are effectively flat. 


So he has to start the engine

to run the alternator

to make the lekky

to charge the batteries

to supply the power

to run the "macerator"

to use the toilet 


He had shared with me that some sort of heating system on board

only worked while the engine was running.

This was explained through a huge cloud of steam/smoke

emitting from an exhaust pipe. 


Pentargon has an "Airhead" composting toilet. When I want to shoot a log I just sit down on the seat and do it. As an aside, I now 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 coffee, the pods for tea! 


Polesworth Sat.20Apr. 


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