Wednesday 28 August 2013

Little Red Pig and Coloured Cobwebs

Hi all,
Chris and I have just got back from Fernwoods and are happy to report AmyJo's build is coming along quite rapidly now.  We had a look over her and were very pleased with progress so far.  In fact we were pleasantly surprised at how much was done.

This was the scene that greeted us when we walked in to the workshop.

AmyJo's panels were masked off and Ken was finishing of the last panel ready for the paint.  We can now see them for size and they looked great.  I think I worried Ken a bit though when I said I quite like the gold cabin sides with light grey panels. For some time now we have worried over our choice of greys, especially the darker one.  Its one thing to see then on the internet or on a colour swatch board but it another to actually see them for real. 

We had originally chosen a different shade of grey for the panels but on the internet it looked too light, so had asked to change it to a darker one but then we worried if we had done the right thing.  Ken had been very thoughtful in this for us and had prepared a small area on AmyJo's cabin side to show us the colours we had chosen.  We need not have worried though as they are just what we wanted.

He had also painted a section of the piping in three colours for us to choose from.  What amused us was the little splash of red he had used as an alternative option, that if you click on the picture to enlarge it,  looks somewhat like a pig.  We had a giggle at that and we'll reveal which colour we chose later but would love to hear which you prefer.

Things are moving on inside, most noticeably the floor base is down and the first fix of wiring was in.

More amusement ensued when Chris commented the wiring reminded her of coloured cobwebs, now I can see we're going to have a few more analogies like this before AmyJo is complete so I apologise in advance.

The waste tank has been installed and the fresh water tank is ready to go aboard.  It looks a good size to me so we're quite happy as we do have a slightly lower well deck so knew this would restrict the tank size.

Meanwhile the boys have also been very busy with the joinery and already made the bed carcase and the roof panels though these are still to be finished off.

We spent quite a while finalising more of the design details for the log burner area and hifi cabinet etc, so now they have pretty much everything they need to crack on.  At the end of the visit we could not help but just stand soaking up AmyJo's presence not wanting to leave, but leave we had to.  Even now we still cannot believe that boat is really ours.

Our next visit will be in 4 weeks time and by then AmyJo's painting externally should be nearing completion and the joinery going in.  In the meantime we have a new, even bigger,shopping list and as we have the next few days off we're going out is see what we can tick off.

Friday 23 August 2013

Act One Scene One

Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour draws on soon,
Four happy days bring in another moon;
But O methinks, how slow the old moon wanes,
Like a step-dame or a dowager, doddering with her canes.

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
Four nights will quickly, like dreams, take flight,
And then the new moon, like a silver bow bent on high
Shall behold the night of our solemnities draw nigh.

OK  we've not gone all Kultcharall.  No not really...... well sort of I suppose.  Chris and I went to the Grosvenor Park open air theatre ( last night to see a performance of Shakespeare's Mid Summers Night Dream.  The theatre is in the grounds of the lovely Grosvenor Park in Chester and is modelled on a small Roman amphitheatre complete with overhead canopies.

The Grosvenor theatre in the Park
  I'd never really given Shakespeare much of a look before now, though I am aware of his plays, but as I work for Essar UK and they were sponsoring the whole event we were lucky to be given two tickets to attend a performance so we thought why not.  I had an idea what Mid Summers Night dream was about so booked for that performance and that came with a picnic hamper to enjoy during the show as well.

The two of us enjoying a picnic hamper before the show
Well I have to say the performance was spectacular and the acting absolutely fantastic.  The actors played their parts so well it was easy to forget they were not the actual characters they portrayed.   They clearly enjoyed their work and entertained everyone immensely.

Helena receiving amorous attention from spell bound
Lysander and Demetrius whilst the fairies look on
The whole play was carried out with much humour, so much so many of the audience, including us, had tears, streaming down our faces with laughter through most of the show.  We have never laughed so much at a show for a long time.

The final act was particularly funny.  Peter Quince and his band of performers stage a play in front of Lord Theseus with side splitting comedy

ending with a Morris dance like none other that had the audience in hysterics whilst clapping in time to the music.  A great night in all and well worth seeing if you can.  If you are ever in Chester next year whilst the theatre is running you must put it on your to do list, I assure you  you will enjoy the performance greatly.

Tuesday 20 August 2013

Celebrity Boats

We went to Crick Marina last week to see Ferwoods latest boat launched.  Sorry no pictures just yet but I'll post some later.

There was also another reason for the visit and that was to check out if a winter mooring would be possible for AmyJo as we found out its looking like November/December for launching if all goes to plan.  Our plan was always to launch at either Debdale Wharf or Crick and cruise AmyJo home to Tattenhall.  The launch date means this would not be possible at that time of year so our thinking at this stage is leave to AmyJo at either Debdale or Crick until the spring and the stoppages are over.  May even try to stay for the boat show if they will allow us but I doubt it.

We arrived at Crick a little early so decided to have a coffee in the local brewery across the road in the moorings pub.  Was too early for a beer so coffee it was.  Umm must be getting old, was a time it was never too early for beer.

Afterwards we had a walk back via ABNB boats and spotted this well known boat moored in the marina

Not sure if Alan Herd was around but last time we saw Dover she was for sale in Braunston Marina.  I wonder if she now has new owners?  We also spotted other bloggers but did not have chance to talk with them.  Herbie was just leaving Crick marina as we got back.

Our next visit to see AmyJo is planned for next week so we'll have more news on her progress.  We understand all is going well and really look forward to seeing her again.

Monday 12 August 2013

Bit of Retail Therapy

Hi all,
Chris and I started to look at our shopping list the other day and on Saturday we had a run out to Preston Brook to Midland chandlers to get a few items for AmyJo.

We want to cruise on the rivers at some point so AmyJo will have a set of Navigation lights installed.  We found Chromium ones similar to these and so bought Port, Starboard and stern lights

Not sure how often they will be used but we thought best have them should we do the rivers, one never knows.  

Whilst there we picked up a couple of Windlasses and some Folding roof steps as the cabin height is just a tad too tall for us both to easily climb onto if needed.

Whilst researching MIFI routers I came across a router that we can use with 3G and 4G just by replacing the SIM card.  The router I'm thinking of getting is a Proroute H685 4G LTE M2M Router

The router can take two external antenna, one for WIFI hotspots andi if none in range it uses the second to pick up the 3G signal.  I did not much like the look of the mag mount antenna so managed to source these which have a better gain and are more robust

After this Chris wanted to visit an upholsterers near Tattenhall to look at curtain material and discovered one she quite likes.  We'll be visiting Fernwoods in the next few weeks so will add this to the growing pile of samples Chris has acquired   I'm convinced she is going to make a patchwork quilt out of them at some point as there are so many.

Friday 9 August 2013

Complete or finished?

No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words: complete and finished.

In a recently held linguistic competition held in London, England, and attended by the best in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese man from Bachelors Adventure, was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted over 5 minutes.

The final question was: How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand. Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.

Here is his astute answer .... 

when you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!

Tuesday 6 August 2013

New Drinking Warning


         Vodka and Ice will ruin your kidneys
         Rum and Ice will ruin your liver
         Whisky and Ice will ruin your heart
         Gin and Ice will cause brain damage
         Pepsi and Ice will ruin your teeth

Apparently Ice is lethal

Warn all your friends: Lay off the ICE. Just drink everything straight.

Forward this immediately, you could be saving a life.

Don’t under estimate Ice, just remember what it did to the TITANIC!!!!!!