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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

And so the work begins.


The new extension above the garage.
   After the usual cup of tea on arrival, Colin and Ian started on the cutting and measuring of the floorboards. There is all huge Bi-fold doors that run from one side of the room to the other. Looks fantastic but trying to make sure the boards run straight up to the doors without running out, was not as easy at it sounds. Ian must have spent the best part of half a day trying to sort it. He is a perfectionist and this has rubbed off on Colin so they are as bad as each other when it comes to getting things right. After a lot of measuring, calculations and head scratching, the first board was at last put down.


Huge Bi-fold doors. Oscar, our grandson, playing amongst the dust.


First board going down.
 I forgot just how hard it was to rub down paintwork  Colin didn't help matters when he kept telling me it didn't feel smooth enough and needed doing again! Then, to top it all, Ian had to go and mention that the new wooden bannister's had a lot of natural tree knots in them and they would need to be treated with a substance to stop them bleeding into the paintwork. So muggins here had treat the lot. Took me ages and I kept forgetting which ones I had done. Anyway, first day is over and I must say I enjoyed every moment. What I'll think after a fortnight is any ones guess.

Tomorrow is Ian's consultant day. I have no idea of what the outcome will be. All I can do is hope for good news.

1 comment:

Jo (Boatwoman) said...

I have been thinking about you both all day today and keeping you in my prayers. I hope that the news is positive. xxxxx

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