Sunday, 30 September 2007

The Big Handover

Today we took possession of WB Takey Tezey and I still can't believe this IS IT...!

We both ran round in the morning, checking what we'd forgot (there had to be something) and set off at 2.30pm. Alan and Chris had already moved out all their things when we arrived. After a few last minute instructions about the way "things work" from Alan, we moved our stuff on board. Chris was a bit upset at leaving TT and I understand why, so I gave her a "Thank you" poem I wrote a couple of weeks ago.

After we'd put all our stuff away we sat down and decided to "Take it Easy." Excuse pun, guess that’ll happen a lot…
 
The central heating boiler wouldn't work at night, so we were cold but had a good laugh about it.
 
Was this our fault? Had we done something wrong? Read on...
 
This will be our first ever time asleep on water, in a canal boat. Night Night...

Monday, 24 September 2007

Getting Closer and Closer

As things fall into place with the boat, we're learning what we can about boating from Alan. The info he´s shared about life afloat has been a great starting point for two newbies...

All four of us can start to make definite plans for the future now and it feels good. Chris and Alan want to move on in a different way. A boat wasn’t right for them under their personal circumstances. Hence why we’re getting what is, in effect a shiny new boat…

They've been very good to us, and provided us with a lot of knowledge in advance, how much of that we can remember remains to be seen...!

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Birthday Wishes

Our son Liam is in the British Army (Royal Logistics Corps) and is based in Germany.
So we mostly keep in touch by Farcebook, Messenger and email. 

He still wants to know and read about family and friends. But he doesn't get much chance to reply because he's just too busy. Sometimes he phones us up while he's on Guard Duty.

Anyway just for a laugh I asked folks still to send birthday cards for him, (to us), because the address to the barracks is for emergency use only. So I lined them all up on the floor, took a photo of them and sent as attachments with an email – well its almost as good isn't it?!

He told us one of his mates birthday is the day before his own, so there was a few of them went out for a drink and a laugh. Wish I could give him a big hug – sent him a virtual one in my email along with his virtual birthday cards...

Monday, 3 September 2007

Got Christmas Sorted If Nothing Else

Painting the ceiling, no dining room table, hence we'll have to spend Christmas Day somewhere else, oh good...

Today Dave found some inspiration and painted a coat of sealant on the walls and ceiling in the dining room - another "man job". Jeez I can't wait till I can do something to help. Ah Bless him, he worked his ass off...! The place is looking good - well "preparation wise" only of course.

It's functional, but we're without a table to eat at, and we don't intend to buy another. Which means we can't invite folks round here for meals which is a bit naff. But it's a great excuse not to have to do the Christmas cooking. Although I guess we could all sit round the garden table.
All being well we'll have made the boat our own by then, so people may be allowed round to the boat for a brief period of time (on an appointment basis only). We're a bit fed up with always doing catering at Christmas anyway. Let someone else take it on...
Meanwhile we'll just go round visiting family, some of whom are scattered across the country, so that'll take us a week or so. But we must be back here at the marina for New Year.
Hey I'm talking like we're the owners of Takey Tezey already, but we're not yet - not quite...

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Deposit On Deposit

Went round to see Alan and Chris after tea, we had a good natter and a right old laugh as usual.

Dave handed over the advance amount at the office, (part payment of the deposit) already agreed upon. Felt great, first steps in taking ownership - can't wait!

Is this really happening? Yessssssssssss it is...
Alan and Chris want this to happen as fast as we do, cos they want to build another new boat for themselves which will be called "Takey Tezey 2". Alan already has plans drawn up and sorted...!

Saturday, 1 September 2007

A Day Out Aboard Takey Tezey

A couple of days ago Alan and Chris invited us to go out with them on the boat. We went to a village called Tarleton just four miles away. It's a lovely run with no locks to open, just swing bridges which Chris showed me how to do...
The wind blew the boat about a bit when we got in the cross winds going past the fields which are lower than the canal. Alan said that under normal circumstances today's weather would've prevented them going out, so I think our visit was an exception to the rule. It took us two hours to get there, (nothing to do with the wind though) that's as fast as it gets! OK, OK, so it's slow, but that's the whole idea isn’t it...?

We had lunch on board when we moored up at Tarleton…
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Alan made us bacon butties, which were yummy. I don't usually have lunch at all but I was starving! Then we went for a walk round the village and set off to come back to the marina. Dave did some of the steering on the way back, and cross winds or not he was really good at it. Alan couldn't believe he'd never driven a canal boat before...
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We had a great time and a good laugh. It made us wish she was ours, but alas not yet...