Saturday, 19 October 2013

Autumn jobs!

Overwater Marina Oct 2013
Now we are back at the Marina, we are in 'winter mode', hooked up to the electric supply.

There is the very enjoyable pattern of walking with the East Cheshire Ramblers, playing with my two bands – Wychcraft Big Band and Rode Hall Silver Band, visiting Chris' parents and sister and husband, meeting up with our Mens Group for the annual resi-weekend and chilling!
AND – getting some jobs done!

We came back from our West Country Summer Tour in our motorvan and need some maintenance doing! We have decided to keep the motorhome (after dithering somewhat about the money tied up in it). It gives us a living space if we need it if anything happens to the boat and a mobile base to get back to – if need be!
This year we are using it a fair bit more with extended weekends away.

The motorvan needs a replacement high level marker light which got knocked off.

Wires showing from a brush with trees

The other working side!

I also need to replace the lower hinge on the Gas Locker door – this had seized and in opening the door, basically snapped off. It will have to come over from Italy (our Roller Team Motorhome is Italian).

Showing lower hinge failure

Another 'job in the waiting' is to put down a finished floor surface in the saloon in the boat. We have had a carpet down over the last 2 years and found that it is difficult to keep clean. Hence, the new flooring of oak planking – laid as free floating on the plywood base.

It has been a challenge to lay this whilst still being on the boat – the results are most pleasing.
New saloon floor

Laying the floor in the galley

Using the front hold as my workshop!

Just enough wood left to run through the bed 'ole corridor
Sawing the bottom of the galley door off to give the new clearance

And lastly – a photo of the Marina taken from a hot air balloon











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