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I was the first up at about 7:30. As I was waking, I suddenly had a revelation about the reason that we'd gone through almost all of our 1000 liter water supply in a little over a day. I'd notice on Sunday that the bilge pump was evacuating a lot of water but I assumed there was a leak at the shaft seal and thought little about it. As I awoke, I had a vision of that bilge water and realized for the first time that it was clear! Anyone who's ever looked at bilge water knows it's normally disgusting! I started poking around with a flashlight under the floor and found both clear bilge water and a steady drip!
While I was waiting for the others to crawl out of bed, I started editing the diary, then went to the boulangerie for croissants and a baguette. It sure is nice to be able to walk a few hundred feet and get freshly-baked goodies.
After breakfast, I called the CBL base in Decize and was told there was little they could do about the leak and, in any case, no mechanic was on duty today. I agreed to just fill with water frequently but we agreed I'd call again tomorrow. (We got in the habit of just turning off the water pressure when we didn't need it and reduced the loss to the point that I didn't bother calling again.)
Our first priority was supplies. In addition to food in general, I wanted to get some of the famous local goat cheese known as Crottins de Chavignol.