My beloved is a trusting little soul, he thinks he's cynical and suspicious but he isn't, not at all.
We are gradually meeting other boaters on the marina, especially CHS as he is usually working on the out side of the boat, I'm usually inside.
A nearby boater is being done up, it's a wreck, but the owner claims he wanted a project to work on.
He came over one afternoon to tell us all about the boats history, and his.
He invited CHS over to see his boat the next day, 'He seems like a nice bloke' said CHS. 'Yes' I replied 'But I think he's looking for free labour to help him do up his boat'. 'Surely not' said CHS.
The following day CHS went to see the boat, forewarned was forearmed, sure enough help was sought. Now CHS is always willing to help people with something quick, but this is a 10 year project and the owner is looking for a regular commitment every weekend.
I just cannot help being suspicious of everybody's motives.
CHS made a plan, he would finish work at 2 on Tuesday, I'd collect him promptly. We'd be back on the boat by 2:30, out of the marina by 3 and in Thatcham by 5. We'd eat at the Swan pub that evening and the following morning 2 of the DGC would be dropped early then we'd set off for Newbury and then on to Kintbury!
This is what actually happened.
I collected CHS promptly at 2, we got half way back to the marina when CHS remembered he'd left the boat padlocks at work!
We drove back to work, collected the padlocks and drove back to the marina.
The boat was all ready to go and we finally left the marina a 4.
We got as far as the Rowbarge pub in Woolhampton, to find out that the Mikron Theatre Group were putting on a play at 7:30.
So we moored up and stayed to watch the play.
I phoned DD1 who dropped 2 of the DGC off at Woolhampton.
I made bacon sarnies for everyone and we eventually set off about 10:30, it rained lightly but persistently until about 2:30.
We managed 4 locks and 2 or 3 swing bridges, we lost a windlass but didn't lose any children.
We reached Thatcham and we were all soaking wet and chilled through, so we moored up and whilst everyone changed into dry clothes I cooked chilli for everyone.
DD arrived an hour later and collected the DGC who all said they'd had a great time.
The weather remained showery so we stayed in Thatcham until this morning when we set of home.
We are now moored back at Woolhampton, it's lashing down with rain, we're nice and snug on the boat so we will stay here until morning.
Yesterday was a day of awkward chores, I dropped CHS at work before 7am, I had to go to the Dr's and they don't open until 8am, the next place on my list didn't open until 9am, this left me with a lot of time to kill. I decided to treat myself to a cup of tea, in Waitrose as it was the nearest place. I text CHS to tell him I was in Waitrose as I know some people who work there. I was in the café and I looked around, there was an elderly couple at one table and a man about my age at another. This is where it gets complicated, Tracy, the daughter in law of CHS's work colleagues, Tommy, works in Waitrose, it was Tommy who rushed to tell CHS that our friends van had been parked on our drive for 2 hours. This was because he was doing some garden work for us. About an hour later I got a text from CHS saying 'You were right, I've just been told that you are in Waitrose having coffee with A MAN'. So Tracy had seen me in Waitrose having a cuppa, she'd phoned her father in law to tell him, also reporting that there was A MAN in the café at the same time as me, he was at the opposite side of the café, about 7 or 8 tables away. Tommy then reported this to CHS, they put 2 & 2 together and made 740. I realise that they all have very boring lives but jeeze, I can't even have a quiet cuppa without being spied on. Whilst I was in Waitrose I did bump into my tenant's mum, she lives next door to my house and it was she who first asked if I would let her daughter rent my house. I think it is a case of Be Careful What You Wish For. She is finding it difficult living next door to her daughter. The children are noisy and spend all their time running up and down stairs screaming. The adults spend all their time rowing and screaming. And she keeps having to look after their dog for them, the dog at least is quiet! I did have to chuckle!
I have been telling CHS for weeks to get some new shoes. The soles of the pair he wears for work are worn smooth and have no grip. I have repeatedly warned him that this isn't safe on the boat, but of course he didn't listen. I even put a pair of the sort he wears in the Amazon shopping basket but he didn't bother to buy them. Today, by the time we arrived home it was raining, as he has a great aversion to getting wet CHS hurried along the jetty, leapt onto the back of the boat and promptly slipped off the back of the boat! As he had hold of the tiller he only got his legs wet from the knees downwards but he has a Technicolor bruise below the knee. He has taken himself off to lay on the bed with his book to recover.
It was raining this morning as I set off for work and as I have to walk along the jetty and across the car park to get to my car I decided to dig out my cagoule.
Could I find it? Could I feck!
We have a wet cupboard where we keep out coats, it's just by the back door.
My cagoule should be in there, in fact my cagoule probably is in there but it is totally buried.
So I got piddling wet through going to my car.
You may remember that when I decluttered ready to move on to the boat I discovered that CHS had 17 winter coats and jackets.
I donated ten to our local homeless charity, this was sometime last summer.
It seems that in the interim CHS has acquired yet more winter coats, there are 12 of the buggers in the wet cupboard and not one of them is mine.
So I got piddling wet through walking to the car, when I mentioned this to CHS he suggested I use an umbrella.
Unfortunately as I was carrying my hand bag, my lunch, the rubbish to put in the skip and the keys to get out the marina I didn't have a free hand to carry an umbrella and even if I did it is also buried in the wet cupboard UNDER HIS 12 COATS!!
Until the summer break starts, I have very few specific plans. I'm meeting a friend and bringing her to see the boat. I shall see my family. I shall finish the curtains and other sewing for the boat. I shall finish a baby blanket and maybe start another. I shall go days without seeing anyone other than CHS. It will prepare me for retirement!
The boat is rocking a lot at the moment, the signwriter moved it to another jetty to work on it and retied it differently when it was returned to our usual place, but we are used to the motion now. DS has returned from Rome, so my cat feeding duties have finished. Saturday I'm looking after four of the DGC whilst DD2 is at work. DD1 has recovered well from her surgery, one less thing for me to worry about. Thanks for all your recent comments over the last few posts, I'll try to reply to them all here. Amy his retirement age is 68 but I cannot see him managing to carry on with such a physical job for another seven years. Margaret, thank you. Marilyn I'm glad you enjoy my blog. Lol Col, she's felt like home from the first day we got her. I make so many typos because I cannot see clearly, it's so frustrating. Lol Sue, we get asked that a lot. Rambler, she's named after a Frank Zappa album.
A very blurry photo of the first set of finished curtains, they are sagging at the top as there aren't enough hoops on it to hang the hooks on.
We are changing all the metal rails for standard curtain rails at some point as the current metal ones are a mix of brass and chrome and they are also a mismatch of sizes, it looks as though someone got a job lot cheap and just put them up randomly.
I don't have a preference as long as everything matches, the existing curtains were annoying me as they were six sets on he boat and every set was different. Maybe it was a fashion thing but it didn't appeal to me.
Thank you for all your kind comments and suggestions regarding making money and thank you Lisa who was unable to comment and so emailed me with some information. I think it is unlikely that I will earn enough if I have just one string to my bow, so I will try for a few different things to have an assortment of income streams.
Bonnie, we do not have the correct safety items or insurance to charge for boat trips. Tania, we don't have a spare cabin, maybe on the next boat. Eeek, I'll look into that, thanks. Margaret, no luck as yet but I will continue to plug away. Lydia, Rebecca, I will look into house/pet sitting. I am considering a separate blog that would carry adverts and am working on a couple of ebooks. Elizabeth, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's found surveys a waste of time, emmadrew's website is useful, thank you.
Sewing and sewing lessons are also something I will advertise, Icey & Col.
Pam, you are very kind but my crochet isn't up to 'selling' standard.
A few other things I have come up with:-
I will apply to the holiday boat company next door to become one of their cleaning crew on changeover day.
I will also see if any of the local colleges use life models, I have no problem with nudity and have been told I have a good body to paint as it is lumpy, overweight and scarred. Supposedly more interesting to paint that a perfect body.
I'm retiring in October, the rent from the tenant is supposed to make up for my loss of salary. At the moment I'm running at a loss, but I'm working on the theory that as long as all the big spends are out of the way by October we should break even.
Some of the things I used to do to save money when we lived in the house are no longer doable on the boat.
I cannot batch cook as there is no freezer to store extra meals in.
I cannot stock up on yellow sticker food for the same reason.
I shop every 2 or 3 days as there is very little storage space in the cupboards or fridge.
One of the bloggers I follow did a post entitled 'How I make extra money'
I did read it but the blogger is doing all the things I used to do.
She has a lodger, she dog sits, she does overtime at work. I have done all these and more but they are no longer available to me.
I have no room for a lodger, no room to dog sit and there has been an overtime freeze at work for the last eight years.
So what next, I've signed up for survey sites but I'm never in the group they are looking for.
As I'm CRB checked I could babysit, but I cannot see to drive at night so wouldn't be able to travel home.
Cashback sites are no good as we don't purchase enough stuff to make it viable.
I have sold stuff in eBay but only stuff I'm getting rid off. I don't buy stuff to sell on as I have no room to store anything I bought.
I have until October to think of something, I'll let you know if I find something successful.