Thursday, 30 April 2009
The picture is a copy of the front of the latest edition of the 'Swallows and Amazons' book, which we think that, in it's turn, is a copy of the picture on the original First Edition.
I've just had a text from Ali telling me that she has put the blacking on. We are going over again tomorrow, taking our friends Ang and Tony to see progress, so more photos over the weekend.
Flo climbing trees with Daddy
Sunday, 26 April 2009
The cupboards are all back in the galley now, and Neil has made me a lovely little cupboard in the corner over where the drainer will be - it will be handy for tea and coffee, or maybe for glasses - not sure yet. The granite worktops have not arrived as expected, but I'm sure will be there soon. After they are fitted and the sink and hob installed, there won't be much left to do in the galley, just the final installation of the oven and other appliances, and the fitting of the overhead cupboards, and the rest of the cupboard doors.
Above is the 'wine and beer cellar' (also for fresh veggies) - it will keep everything lovely and cool, sunk into the galley floor.
Another trip up next Friday - hopefully with another set of visitors, so more photos then.
Friday, 17 April 2009
The bedroom flooring is down, as is most of the shower room floor, and a bit in the galley
The water system and the central heating system are now filled and checked for leaks - none found, thank goodness! Some of the lights are also connected up and working, and very pretty they look too!
The painting is still going well going well - all taped up with green masking tape for the trim, which is in the process of going on
Look how shiny our paintwork is - like a black mirror. Oh dear, we'll belong to the shiny boat brigade! Never mind, I'll soon change all that - my steering sometimes leaves a lot to be desired!
Sheila Smith at S.A.B Signs is due to start on the signwriting next Wednesday - unfortunately it is doubtful that we will be able to go up and watch which is a pity. However, daughter Emma and son-in-law Ben, and grand-daughters Florence and Milly are coming on Thursday for the weekend, and to be given the grand tour, so hopefully we will go up on Friday, and Sheila should still be there beavering away.
Oh, nearly forgot - the engine is just about all connected up, just the exhaust to finish.
So there has been a lot going on , just not much to see! Hopefully, when we go up next week there will be much more to photograph.
It is hard to beleive that it will all be ready and on the water in four to six weeks time - there still seems such a lot to do - Neil, Ali and Andy are working flat out to make sure it is ready. They are all heros!
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Rog retired from the RAF at midnight last night, after over 37 years service to HM and today is his 55th birthday. I don't suppose we'll feel properly retired for another month or so as we are still in our Married Quarter until Windsong is ready - launch due mid to late May, but for the time being we will just enjoy being free of the stress of having to work for a living!!!
Happy Birthday, love, and Happy Retirement!!
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
It is the cover from the latest edition of the Swallows and Amazons book - the colours are exactly right for our bedroom, so Bonnie is going to do a version of it for the ports - minus the writing. Thanks, Helen, for finding it - we owe you a beer at Sawley Marina's Open Day (hope you are coming!)
Neil has built the cratch front, and it's looking really good. No photos of the inside today as there is even less to see, as a lot of the cupboards have been removed for oiling. Some fitters would have done the oiling with the cupboards in situ, but Ali says that they like to take them out so that they can get the oil on every bit which is not possible with them still in place. We are impressed at how thorough they are.
We then went on into Loughborough to visit Bonnie Brooksbank at the glass design studio where she works - we had decided to have something special in the small oval portholes in the front doors - firstly because we wanted something unique on the boat, and also to keep out the light at 5 o'clock on those bright summer mornings (the ports are flush with the doors so they can't be 'bunged' and we didn't want curtains). Rog wanted the Swallows and Amazons crossed pennants, but I wasn't sure. When we got to the studio, Ali's sister Helen was also there doing some glass work and she got on the computer to see what she could come up with, and this is it:
Just as we arrived at the glass studio, Ali called and asked us to call back in when we had finished as our corner Bubble diesel stove arrived 5 mins after we left, and we wanted to have a look at it in place to see whether there would be room to fit a row of Vicorian tiles each side. Sadly, there wasn't as there is only a four inch space, and the tiles are 6 inches wide, we will have to re-visit East Midland Tiles to choose something else.