Much as it's easy to romanticise aspects of our new life afloat, actually, living onboard in as small a space as ours is all about being very practical and organised. The chores have to be done - filling up with water, pumping out, changing gas cylinders, putting stuff away the minute it's finished with.....not a lot of time for creative whimsy. Or, at least, not yet.
We are however surrounded by lots of artistic endeavour. All along the waterfront warehouses are being used as studios, practice rooms for bands and exhibition spaces. There's nothing gentrified or pretentious about these gorgeous beat up buildings and it's only when you hear some riffs from an upstairs window or spot paint-covered hands buying a coffee from the waterside takeaway van that you realise there is a whole other community living with us.
The bridge between former working harbour and its artistic community was evident, very literally, the day we moved in and walked along to the first pedestrian crossing - Pero's bridge.
In her first UK installation, eighty-two year old Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya enveloped the bridge in fog which she wanted to celebrate Bristol's status as European Green Capital. "The changing cloud of fog aims to invite visitors to consider the changing climate," she said.