As it was a relatively mild afternoon, I went over to check out Patience and attach her new 2011 Gold Licences. I also put up a small watercolour of some narrowboats that I had been given for Christmas on the bulkhead in the rear cabin. It has been painted by an architect friend and ex-neighbour of ours, Ian Taylor. I then climbed into the water tank in the bow and sponged out the last 3 or 4 litres of water that is below the level of the outlet pipe and can not therefore be pumped out. The inside of the tank is in very good condition with only a small amount of rust coming through. When the weather warms up I will give it another coat of potable bitumen paint. Finally, I ran the engine under load for about 20 minutes to keep the batteries charged up and circulate the diesel. I reflected on how much I am looking forward to our first cruise of 2011.