Has Spring sprung?

According to the Met Office meteorological spring began on 1st March 2015 and astronomical spring began on 20th March 2015 so either way it’s here!

Remember the ‘To-Do List’ in my New Year post? We’ve ticked off a couple of them, last week Wrens-Nest went into Tooley’s Boatyard dry-dock for ‘blacking’ below the waterline we also asked Matt to de-rust and paint inside the gas locker, remedy some play in the ‘skeg’ which holds the bottom of the rudder in place and check out a gearbox leak.

DSCN0093While all this was going on we were exiled to Rushden for a few days courtesy of my sister Jan’s hospitality.



DSCN0080It was good to catch up with my nephew Jona and his tribe as well as another of my great nieces who was down from uni in Sheffield to see her cousin and get grandma to do her washing!

DSCN0088cropAs we were in Rushden I visited Station 109 at Rushden Antiques Centre looking for a ‘40s trilby for events like Stoke  Bruerne’s ‘Village at War’ unfortunately there wasn’t an authentic one to fit my fat head but I did come away with a more contemporary one to keep the old bean warm.

No sooner than we were back on board, that there was work to be done, we were having new kitchen worktops fitted and the old tiles had to be removed. Brute force and a hammer and chisel was involved resulting in shards of tile in the most unexpected places.

DSCN0106We had chosen a quartz work surface from Mini Q and our fitters Mark & Mark arrived at 8:30am and by 1:30pm the job was complete with a shiny new hob and sink to boot. All we had to do was clean up and wait for the smell of glue and cleaning solvent to dissipate before we got too high!

Of course with those beautiful worktops it wasn’t long before we decided that it made some of our crockery and containers look shabby, so Wilkinsons and Dunelm were visited and even Ikea was braved, lots of spring cleaning… and Hey Presto a new look!!!

So we’ve finished now? Oh no it’s off to Walker Services at Aynho tomorrow to get new linings fitted to our back doors and side hatch.


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