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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.

Friday, 27 February 2015

A day of mishaps!

I'm sure today has had some sort of  jinx attached to it, because from getting up this morning things have either gone missing or gone wrong. It all started when I got up and found the floor wet at the bottom of the bed. Turns out the water pump had sprung a leak so the bedroom carpet had to came up, drawers removed and Ian rummage under the floor to sort it out.

Laying a towel down in case of more leaks.
Having stopped the leak he then went off to do his work party duties, continuing with the fence replacement along our mooring. I started on cutting out the fabric for our new curtains. All was going swimmingly, the fabric had all been cut to size and I was ready to start sewing. First replace the bobbin in the machine. Nothing could be simpler until butter fingers me dropped the filled spool and it went rolling the length of FS. I raced after it but by the time it stopped most of the thread had unraveled. Then Ian turned up to get the new chainsaw from the back of the boat. A couple of branches needed removing before the new fence posts could go in.  No sooner had he fired up the chainsaw when it about blew up!!  Yet another trip to Screwfix, but not to purchase a new one, more like get a replacement as the chainsaw was still under warranty being only a few months old. I carried on with the curtains, started to attach the heading tape and the machine needle broke! Seemed I was fated not to get these curtains finished. By lunch time I was all for packing it but I persevered and managed to finish two of the 8 curtains. By 5pm Ian returned, I cleared up the debris scattered around the cabin (pins, threads, bits of material etc) and started dinner. Now this is where the next lot of mishaps came to play. First I burnt the chicken setting off all our fire alarms, then having removed the burnt offerings from the pan (which was full of chicken fat) the phone rings. I rush to answer it, it slipped from my fingers straight into the pan full of the fat! I grab it from the pan and in doing so caught my glasses (which was hanging round my neck) with my arm. They ended up on the floor and in my haste to get the phone to the sink, trod on them! Ian rushed to the back to get the Allen key so he could undo the screws on the phone, stubbed his toe on the chair on the way through, got the Allen key, inserted it into the screw and broke the key! The final mishap (but we still have a few more hours till midnight so anything might happen) was when Ian reached over to get the computer and knocked a full glass of coffee liqueur all over the table, chairs and floor!!!! Oh and the things that went missing? One printer lead, the handle to my grill pan, a teaspoon and my camera lens cap. All was seen on the boat yesterday but cant be found today. Has obviously been borrowed by the borrowers! 


Neil Corbett said...

My goodness! Are you sure it isn't Friday the 13th?! Sounds like a script for a farce 😃
Kath (nb Herbie)

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Kath,

I was starting to believe that myself, and with Friday 13th only 2 weeks away I'll not be moving from my bed! Xx

Carol said...

Hope today is much calmer for you both and that the borrowers bring home your lost items.

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Carol,

One item has turned up. The grill pan handle. Xxx

Halfie said...

You'll be dining out on this story for quite a while!

nb Chance said...

Hope today is a much better day for you both! Big Hugs D&J x

Nicky said...

I had to chuckle i this week have knocked 2 pint glasses of coke over one from a table onto the carpet the other kicked over on the floor, and as for items going missing well you would have thought a boat to small to lose stuff in, well e lost our microwave stand for 3 weeks before it reappeared and 2 pair of scissors that never have xx

Marilyn McDonald said...

Hi there, I reckon no jinx involved just a collection of things all on one day to get it over with and act as counterpoint to the days when all goes brilliantly. Probably also a reminder not to be so BUSY doing things - if you do nothing, then nothing can go wrong, see?
Cheers, Marilyn (nbwakahuia.blogspot.co.uk)

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