Monday, 6 July 2015


I have been spending a lot of time with my wonderful grandchildren, but normally seeing them individually.  However, we all got together for Sunday dinner so it was a perfect opportunity to get a photograph of them all together.  Not quite as easy as it seemed, hundreds (!) of photos were taken until we ended up with this lovely picture, my babies with their babies :

Two seconds later, chaos resumed!

Hi There!

I apologise for my prolonged absence from our blogging world.  I could offer all sorts of excuses but the truth is that I lost my blogging mojo for awhile.  However, a lovely message from Connie at Crafty Home Cottage gave me the kick up the proverbial that I needed, and I also realised that I missed you all and the interaction.  I am now going to spend the next few days catching up on my favourite bloggers and seeing what I have missed out on.

So what have I been doing?  I have been gradually emptying my office at the house and transferring it to my office on the barge.  This is no mean feat as I have literally hundreds of books.  I am having to sort them out and donate many to the charity shop as I just don't have room for them all. However, for someone who cannot get rid of any book, this has proved quite traumatic!  But I am getting there and am now half way done.  Most of the books here are reference books, teaching resources and classic and modern novels.  Cookbooks and gardening books etc are elsewhere on the barge.  Can you tell that I love books?  I have to keep finding little areas that Pete can put up more bookshelves, I keep telling him that they are good ballast!  So here is my office now, I love this space :) On the metal sign are the words to You Are My Sunshine.  I just had to buy the sign and put it in my space as my Grandad used to sing this to me when I was little, it makes me smile every time I look at it.  Can the eagle eyed among you see the mouse hole?  The cheeky thing has also hung his washing out!  I will be back soon, I promise! ��������

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Bathroom - Done

Pete has actually finished the head (bathroom) and my office (captain's cabin!), so I thought you deserved some photos.  Today I present the bathroom.....

I love our turquoise tiles, they are such a beautiful colour, but this is quite hard to see in the pictures.  The heated towel rail came from a job that Pete did.  It is brand new, but the lady of the house decided it was the wrong colour and wanted it changed.  She was going to bin this one until Pete stepped in!  It is perfect for us and it makes such a difference to get up to a nice warm bathroom in the morning - I know, getting soft in my old age.  In the spirit of reusing and recycling the cupboard door is made from old floor boards (Pete is so clever).  All the walls and woodwork are painted in a very soft grey.
We painted the floor with some masonry paint, not sure the blue is such a good idea, it shows every bit of fluff, dust etc, but it will do for the time being :)
All the bathroom needs now are the final touches, I have pictures etc that will be perfect but they are going to have to wait until I can unpack the spare room at the house where a lot of our 'stuff' is stored.
Tomorrow I will show you the office, but first I have to work out how to get the right light to take some decent photos.....

Friday, 20 February 2015

A Quick Peek

Don't tell Pete as he doesn't like me showing off pictures of his work until they are complete but here is a quick peek of what he is up to at the moment. I thought you deserved a look. He is building my office, hurrah!  Two walls will be lined with book shelves (another one to go up shortly) and you can see the makings of a cupboard there too.  My desk will go against the bulkhead.  When we eventually get the barge moving, it will be a fairly simple job to put a wooden bar across the books to keep them in place when we are sailing.   There is not much headroom, but as I am a little one (in height at least) it is fine for me.  There will also be space for a cot/toddler bed so that my lovely grandchildren can come and stay.  It is not such an easy job as the shelves have to be made to fit the curve of the boat, but Pete is clever like that :)  I am sorry that I have been a bit MIA in blog land recently but I have been trying to finish one job whilst working at my new job too.  That has come to an end now so I hopefully will have a little more time to catch up on what you've all been doing.  Take care xxxx

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Welcome Bobby

I would like to introduce you to my beautiful grandson, Bobby, who made his entrance in to the world this morning.  He weighed in at a healthy 8lbs and both mother and son are doing great.  Emily and Rob are going to be really fun parents and Bobby will have a wonderful life surrounded by so much love from his huge and growing family.  Scarlett, Jessica and now Bobby, how lucky am I xxx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

What Are We Up To?

It has been a while since I posted about progress on the barge.  At the moment Pete is trying to complete my office in the forepeak.  I have been working from home and need lots of space for my teaching resources.  I am currently teaching care home staff and some private 11+ tuition. I am also teaching in a pupil referral unit (a school for kids generally excluded from school) which, although it is hard, I absolutely love it and it is so rewarding.  But all this does mean a fair amount of preparation and marking and so I need space!  
There are so many things that still need doing around the barge, that Pete has now decided to start at the front of the boat and work backwards, completing each room in turn.  I will post pictures as each area comes together.
Also in the spring Pete hopes to work on the yacht, Carpe Diem, which has been neglected for a couple of years and looks a bit sorry for itself.  We are hoping to sell it this year and perhaps buy something smaller and that needs less maintenance.  It will be a wrench to let her go but it is time for someone else to love her and have fun like we have done.

Sunday, 25 January 2015


I have three boys and very handsome young men they are too!  For a long time I was a single mother, the sole wage earner and a university student at the same time.  I am a strong woman who can do most things I put my mind to.  I have always had left wing, feminist tendencies and I actively campaign against injustice to people and animals.  I believe in equality for all and embrace diversity. Education is the cornerstone of a civilised world and should be a basic right for everyone.  I have taught my sons that their partners are just that;  their equal partners whose ideas and values should always be respected.   I am not a girlie girl, I am happier in jeans with no make up on.  I think that spending fortunes on lotions and potions and brand names is a complete waste of money.  So why, why, why at the first opportunity do I go out and buy all the pink I can find for my granddaughters!!!!