This last week was always going to be hard, physical work and so it has been. However I did get a 'free' week last week as our planned trip the Germany on the bike was canned due to health and personal issues - not appropriate for the blog.
I used the time to get some work done on Percy pre paint. I was worried the new windows would need some work on the inside trims, depending on the depth of the 'cill' I took a window out and offered up the pice of frame I had asked for from Wesley windows.
The solar panel was removed, I then became instantly aware of the drain the lights in the engine room and the cabins made on my battery bank. Solar is so good at topping up - especially for the type of use we give the boat.
Next job was the gas locker.... most who own boats will have done this before so you know what a nasty job it is.... I did Waterlily before she was sold and that was a tight fit. Thankfully Percy has a decent size gas locker so I was to get right inside. When we had Percy surveyed the locker was highlighted, no structural issues just a job that needed doing. It always amazes me how much rust comes from steel, 1/10 ratio in thickness I think?
All swept first, then surface stuff lifted with a scraper then the whole locker was wire brushed.
I treated the rust with a good dose of Craftmaster rust treatment and left is 18 hours to turn the rust to a black hard surface.
Then is was a coat of red primer followed by a good coat of raddle red top coat. I have not got pictures as I did the top coat the Sunday before we travelled down to move house down south.
I then took a drill to the roof and drilled 16 holes.... seems counter intuitive to be taking a drill to the roof but before Percy gets painted I wanted to fit the brass plank and pole holders, much better looking than the wooden holders. All 16 drilled and tapped without drama.
I then did a very good swap of coffee(no gas to boil the kettle) and cake for my lawn mower with Mandy on Don't Panic. Good to have your own mugs ! The cake was even better than it looked, and it looked mighty fine.
While I had the drill and taps out I put on the diesel and water plaques that Tony refused to fit, he just taped printouts close to each for the boat safety arguing that if even if you got them the wrong way around you would not be able to start the engine or drink the water... no one would die I guess. I wanted them on as they look good !
Then it was a blast down south to move from one cottage to another than involved two deep cleans and a lot of packing, moving then unpacking.
The landlord of the pub we were moving away from took pity on me and offered me a free pint ..
After giving the old cottage a deep clean yesterday I took Leia for a walk to Bosam (about 3.5 miles I think) It was a lovely evening to sit and watch the tide come in.... just needed a decent sea rod....
Today has been a quieter day, waiting in while a few job were done on the new cottage.
Next blog should be back on the boat as I take it down to the Stourbridge canal for its long awaited paint job. Hopefully this will be a relaxing aspect of up to now been anything other than a holiday ! Just need to drive up to the boat, clean the bathroom/kitchen and water up, get provisions and maybe pop it to the top of the Fradley flight while my friend John drives down from Scotland to help me.