Daisypath - Vacation

Friday, 13 September 2013

A Busy Week

Well I'm really late with this post - it's nearly midnight, but, as they say - better late than never!

We've had a really busy week, sorting things out with the apartment, doctors appointments and yes - more work on the boat!

I think I mentioned in one of my posts last week that we'd had Rob back on board to fit a TV unit, a kitchen corner unit as well as a slimline cupboard in the kitchen. He also fitted a basket rack next to the oven for things like fruit and veg - it's practical and stylish ;)

He actually made a start on the work last month but due to his schedule and other things going on here, he only popped back this week to finish the work off.

We'd had the TV unit done just because we had this massive clunky thing which took up loads of room - it was too wide and you just simply don't have room to spare on a narrowboat!

We designed the unit with Rob and I'm really pleased with it. We didn't want it any deeper than gunnel depth and it works really well while still giving us plenty of storage in the cupboards below. Here it is:





It looks really smart, although we're still waiting for two glass shelves to be fitted on either side of the TV (above the clock and the vase in the picture above). That'll definitely set it off and make it look really smart. The only thing now, is that Pawel wants a big TV.... Think I will get eye ache....!!

Here is how the living room was before with the old unit:


And After:
(Much, much better now. Rob, as always, has done a great job.)




Someone looks happy!



You can also see in the picture above, the units Rob's added on in the kitchen. He's put a glazed corner cupboard we designed with him and a slimline cupboard which is handy for tins etc. I'm going to do a stained glass design on the glazed cupboard which will be really nice and it'll eventually have a light in.

Here is how it was before:




After:



If you remember, when we had the worktop chopped back on that side of the kitchen back in December and the small drawers added, we always planned to have the corner unit put in, but had to wait until now until we'd saved.

The good news is, that we now feel satisfied that the boat is "finished" . Well, the front of it anyway. It's just the bedroom now that needs gutting and fitting properly.

Then ideally, we'd like to fit double glazing and central heating....but no big hurry there I guess. At least now, we feel the boat is functioning better, with much better storage and is comfortable for us.

However, its all come at a cost! The cost being:

1. We have no life now.... We don't go "out", or have holidays, or go out for meals.
2. I don't even have any clothes ( I'm serious - I have one T-Shirt!) as all we do is save and then spend all the money on the boat!!
3. We have no outside life. It's all about the boat......But isn't that what being a "boater" is all about ?!


We need a hobby....ahem!

So do you notice anything else about the pictures above????

There's something else that's different about the boat..... Can you tell what it is?! Reply on the back of a fag packet ;)


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Aaaaaarrrgh

Yup, I want to scream! There's so many things going on here at the minute and its definitely getting on top me now.

It makes me wonder if when we chose the name for the boat, if we really did curse ourselves!

So, there's lots going on and depending what happens in the next few days, I'm pretty sure I'm going to go ballistic, more of which I'll tell you about when its all cleared up!

Yesterday started off really well too, as we finally met up with Doug and James on Chance for a coffee and a chat - something we'd been talking about doing for quite a few months. They are currently travelling around and also have Olly off Queen Maeve with them who also came along yesterday morning.

I took a Victoria Sponge to go with the coffees, which I hope everyone enjoyed and, yes, they finally got a picture of me!!




(Nope, thats not me, that's the cake....)

Apparently,the guys thought I was an anonymous hermit tucked away in the boat (I am!) and thought it was funny that there's never any pictures of me on the blog and wanted to expose me.

So here it is, stolen from their own blog, as we forgot to take any pics!




Can you guess which one I am?! If you can, then there's your reason as to why there's never any pictures of me on here :P !!!

Well, thanks for having us on board guys, great to meet you all and hopefully we will see you again...

Apart from that, life has been a bit quiet on board apart from all the problems!! I'm thinking of painting the upper interior cabin walls in a light cream colour (which will probably be black in a few weeks once the stove gets going?!)

I think I need to paint them as the last few months being stuck at home and staring at oak, oak and more oak everywhere has left me feeling like I'm in a coffin - so it's time for a change ;)

Well, despite everything, at least I've not lost my sense of humour! Yet! That'll be next week.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Three Months?!

Apparently that's how long I've been away from the blog. Wow. Time really does fly, either having fun or not!

In some ways, I suppose I can blame "summer" ! It's lovely in the new mooring and of course, we've had such great weather that we've been making the most of it with good food, good drink and great company keeping us entertained this summer.

However, since my operation, my knee hasn't been good at all and in some ways, has gotten worse.... It's all still ongoing with trips to hospitals, surgeons, doctors etc and no one knowing what the problem is or what to do next. So in some ways I've been pretty depressed with being limited in what I can and can't do and not knowing how long its all going to go on for.

I suppose for a while I'd fell out of love with the boat as well and we'd been thinking about what to do. Not knowing how manageable it will be in the future with my knee/leg being how it is has made us think about whether to go back on land or stay put. We've had our moments where we've said things like " what are we doing on this boat ?!" , but I think we're staying put. Things just get on top of you sometimes and that will happen whether if you live in a boat or a house.

I think it's been harder lately because I've always been the main boat maintenance person who would always wax the boat, touch up the blacking, deal with the paintwork, engine/bilge work etc and its been neglected for so long now and it was a bit disheartening to see the boat going downhill a bit.

However, after a good wash and wax and with two of us touching up the blacking in the last few days as well as running some wire wool over the window frames to brighten and clean them, the boat looks brand new - probably the best it's ever looked lately to be honest! I think its given us both a bit of renewed motivation.

The boat hasn't been taken out though this year, so no travelling has been done where you get that "holiday feeling" just from standing on the deck of the boat whilst its moving, but we have still managed some fun where we are.

I suppose I've been away as well, because I felt that by just updating you with mundane day to day activities, you'd get bored! We've only recently started having some more work done, which I will blog about in the next few days, but other than that its just been gardening, shopping and vacuuming! Hardly entertaining for a blog read eh?

I've missed being here though! I've been involved in some other projects too which has also involved another blog, which has taken me away from here a little bit but I feel that writing here comes really easy as apposed to another blog I'm writing.

So how can I sum up the last few months? I suppose with some pictures!

Great summertime drinks....




Who's for breakfast on the boat?




The summertime garden/mooring and the boat having a good clean ( it seems to get so much dirtier here, and we washed and waxed it the other day after the paintwork looking extremely dull. I was a bit concerned the paint job was "gone", but luckily the waxing brought it back up to a good shine!):




We had a good veg garden this year and still producing lots of green beans. We had way to many radishes though ( remember me planting them before?), which meant "Derek", one of the resident horses here(!), had plenty of snacks:




A summertime picnic - we had a few of these. What's better than outside, on a blanket, great weather....and great, simple food....




The black and yellow cherry tomatoes came along fantastically.... Here they are ripening in late July followed by a mini harvest we had just last week. We get a good handful every day off the bushes at the moment (they've grown huge!)and they are unbelievably sweet - they taste nothing like supermarket ones (that's a good thing by the way!)












Great evenings outside, plenty of laughs and good food...












We had a few visits during the summer from my parents. It was great to catch up and I think (hope!) they had a really great time.

We would meet them in Poynton where we'd have a coffee in town and then bring them back here for the afternoon for good food and drink and plenty of good conversation.

It's always great to see them and its even better to spend a relaxed afternoon with some really simple yet good food - and in this weather, could life be any better (knee troubles or anything else?!)
















Strawberries anyone?? We had plenty in the huge raised beds we made this year. Unfortunately it looks like the harvest is over now :( here is Pawel collecting one of his daily harvests though early on in July :




Awww! We have plenty of flowers too:








I suppose I should stop there for tonight! I could go on and on, but overall, despite the problems, we've been having good times as well.

It's good to be back here....hopefully you'll agree ;)