Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Trent in flood

This was The Trent this morning.  In twenty minutes the corner just before Trent lock was near impassable.  If the rain, as promised, drops today/tonight then we will see some fair flooding.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

New, refreshed kitchen

So, last job to be done has started, a refreshed kitchen.  We are using the original bases but replacing the doors, work tops, handles, cooker and tiles.

The cooker is on sale at midland swindlers and not a bad price to be honest, £450.  It's got 240 lighter but we can easily get power to it, not fan assisted so it won't draw much.  Shaker doors, a new sink too, should be finished by the end of the month if not earlier.  Another Geoff Taylor job along with some other work.  A new cratch, changing door locks and making the rear hatch an entry point, general maintenance and then it's blacking in March ready for boating again and also ready for retirement in the next few years.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Yes, we are still here


Yes we are still boating.  Just taken a wee rest from blogging for reasons I cannot go in to.

Lola boat looks lovely in her livery and we have lots of plans for further improvement.  We are changing access so we can enter from the back hatch, previously it was just for use whilst steering.  Our dry side bilges were going to get sensors but not now, they are wholly dry and have been for a while.  We are adding a further from outside lock and also having a cratch built ready for a front cratch cover.  We will also get a rear Priam and cover.  Finally, we will have the kitchen doors and tops re-fitted as well as a new cooker.

Then, when that little lot is done we want to re model the back cabin, that's the problem with having money and no time off.

Daughter no 1 is enjoying uni and no 2 is enjoying personal attention!  I just pay the bills.

University costs a packet.  £450 a month allowance 500 a quarter towards rent, and next year we add gas electricity, water rates and cleaning product I laugh.  Our earnings do not get daughter no 1 more than the minimum grant so we cover the rest.

So, we still get to the boat, the remote heating control via the iPhone is really useful and we can protect against frost or pre heat ready for us boarding.