Sunday, 1 May 2016

Galleys, Kids, Boots and A Special Friend

It has been all hands to the deck round here.  At the beginning of the month my son announced that he had a lodger moving in.  It makes sense as young couples always could do with some extra help with paying the mortgage.  However, it also meant that we had to clear the spare room where all our worldly possessions were stored and that meant getting the galley finished (no pressure for Pete then!).  Anyway, it is almost done and we have started stowing away our belongings.  It is like Christmas unpacking all the boxes. I cannot wait to start entertaining properly in my beautiful, dream (not quite finished) kitchen.  So here is a preview of work so far.

When I became a vegan, I took the conscious decision to use up/wear out all my non vegan stuff.  I love boots, especially Dr Marten boots and I was thrilled to find out that they made a vegan range.  I have held on until I actually needed some boots and when I did get to that point I was straight on to eBay.  So here are my beautiful new-to-me boots (actually new to anyone).  Is it normal to love a pair of boots so much?

Working less means I have a lot more time to help out with looking after the grandchildren.  They are so much fun, but boy are they hard work.  What with kids and moving boxes around I am definitely feeling my age!  Here are a couple of pictures of my other two favourite grandchildren.

I had the great pleasure a couple of weeks ago of meeting a fabulous blogging friend , Val from River Girl blog (  We have been chatting for about nine years but have only just met for real (anyone would think that Rotterdam was on the other side of the world!).  She was just as lovely in real life as I knew she would be and we chatted away for hours like old friends.  I now cannot wait to meet up again soon.

Speak soon people.  Enjoy the bank holiday weekend xxx

Friday, 1 April 2016

Latest From the Galley

Hi Everyone, thank you for all your comments on my last post, I am sorry I didn't reply to everyone.  I have had the flu.  They say if you can get out of bed with the flu, you actually have a cold, well having spent six days in bed unable to move, I definitely had the flu.  Safe to say I never want that again. Then it developed further into a chest infection (hacking cough) and then laryngitis with no voice for five days (Pete said that was wonderful!).  I'm back on my feet now though, just in time for the Easter holidays :)

The galley is coming along nicely, just a bit more painting and then the floor to be laid.  I am sooooo fed up with dust everywhere, it has gone through the entire boat.  But I am not complaining.  When I have a good clean up, it will also give me the chance to have a good sort out.  I think I will probably do a carboot sale to get rid of some stuff and earn some money to buy more stuff!

I am loving the colour of the paint that we found in the engine room, in fact I probably would have chosen the same colour if I'd gone out and bought the paint.  And I really love the black tiles, I do have such a clever husband.  I can't show you the other end of the galley right now as it is covered in dust sheets and besides the top of the cooker is so dirty it is a disgrace!  I will do a grand reveal next week, hopefully.

It's been a while since I showed you a picture of Scarlett.  She is growing up so quickly and is a right little chatterbox now.  She is at playschool and loving every minute of it.  I love this age when they are so inquisitive and just soak up everything, but not too old to enjoy a good cuddle with her old Nan!  Be back soon, take care xxx

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Happy Saturday!

Morning everyone.  It doesn't take a lot to make me happy, but getting running water in the galley has made me ecstatic!  Do you know how much more convenient it is to fill a kettle, drain the cooked veggies, wash fruit and veg etc etc from two paces away rather than walk to pantry or bathroom, especially if carrying a pan full of boiling water.  Mind you, I guess it has cut down on my daily exercise!
So here is a picture of the taps that have made my life so much easier.  I also now have a tiled backsplash but they are not grouted yet so I will wait until they are finished before I show you them.

Whilst hunting in the engine room (where Pete keeps all sorts of odds and sods) for some white emulsion as a base coat for the walls, Pete found a huge great big tin of Farrow and Ball paint that he had left over from a job.  When we opened it, it turned out to be a beautiful green/blue colour which will be absolutely perfect for the units.  He reckons that it has saved us about 80 quid, certainly not an insignificant saving, I'm glad I liked the colour so much or there could have been a disagreement.

Mum is doing great, I cannot believe how well she is doing considering it is not so long ago that she had major surgery.  She is already seeing the benefits of her new heart valve in her breathing and mobility.  Once her ribcage get back to normal, she will feel like a whole new woman :)

Finally, I did really well for Mother's Day from all my lovely boys, but just look how these lilies have opened out, they are really beautiful.  I have them in the bedroom as the kitchen is still in a state, so they are the first thing I see every morning.  Not a bad sight for sore eyes xxx

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Galley Update

Pete is going great guns and the galley is really coming together.  We bought a small butler sink and ended up receiving three, the seller said it would be too expensive to return them so we could keep them.  My son is going to make good use of them in his new kitchen.  We also bought the most beautiful solid wood, walnut worktop.  The colours in it are amazing, but I can't show you that until next week when it is fitted.  Mum is out of hospital and doing really well, she said to thank you all for your good wishes.  I am loving working only two days a week, although on two of my off days this week I was on babysitting duty, not that I am complaining about that in any way!

My IKEA trolley has had its own little chubby hole built.  In the trolley are all the bits you need for everyday cooking eg oils, herbs & spices, stock cubes etc, it's all ready to pull out and use.  In the past these things have cluttered up the worktop, but I think this is a tidier option.  You can just about see the brown sauce.  Can't stand the stuff personally, but Pete says it has to be Daddies sauce or not at all, is there really such a difference?  I now need to put labels on top of the spice jars so that I easily see what they all are.

This is where the dishwasher and washing machine are going to live.  Can you see my lovely little sink tucked under the old worktop?  I don't need a big sink in the galley as I have a deep, full sized butler sink in the pantry for washing big pots and things.  I am going out in a minute to choose some taps, what a rock and roll life I lead!  Speak soon and enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Saturday, 20 February 2016


My life for the three weeks before half term has been - get up - go to work early to keep up with everything, work, leave work bang on time, one hour drive to hospital, sit with mum for a while, one hour drive home, eat, sleep, repeat!  Thank heavens for Pete cooking a meal every night that I can eat as soon as I walk in the door, whatever time of night.  Mum had her heart operation on Thursday and is now on the road to recovery.  She is out of intensive care and into the high dependency ward, so all good.  Everyone at the hospital has been amazing, from the porters to the consultants.  And yes,  Jeremy Hunt, she has had seven-day-a-week care during the last five weeks.  I wonder if he's worked such long shifts every day including the weekends?  My thoughts about that man are just not printable

Anyway, Pete has been getting on with the kitchen fitting.  He has taken down a bulkhead and opened up the whole galley area.  Spot the difference.

He has started the first cupboard which will house the ironing board (which I never use) the vacuum (which I reluctantly use) and cleaning stuff ( mainly used when people are visiting).  Goodness that makes me sound terrible, I am honestly not that slovenly!

The other units will be under the worktops which will run each side of the cooker.  The 'hole' in this one is for the microwave. Eventually the table and chairs will live down here and the sofas etc will be in the wheelhouse.   I cannot wait for it to be finished so that I can finally unpack all my kitchen stuff that has been in storage for the last few years.  Next week I go back to work but only Mondays and Fridays, so once mum is out of hospital I will have more time for my much neglected allotment, healthy cooking, grandchildren and all the things I love (oh and some housework of course) xxx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Finished! (Well Almost)

Here are the cupboards (lockers) that Pete has been working on.  Just the architrave to go now, but I think he is going to do that when he does the rest of the galley.  The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the knobs have numbers on. This is so that when Pete says "where is......?" I can say cupboard number three, I am so good to him!!!  Actually, I love quirky things and all the door knobs throughout the boat are different and a bit whacky - a bit like me!

Only one more week, seven more wake ups, until I cut down from this ridiculous workload, I cannot wait!  Unfortunately my mum has been in hospital for the last two weeks.  She is going to have a new valve put in her heart on Wednesday.  She is in Basildon Hospital's Cardiac Unit, which is one of the best in the country and who have looked after my Dad so well on several occasions in the past, so we are very confident.  Cutting back on my workload has come at just the right time to give me the time to help look after my mum when she gets out of hospital.  Things always happen for a reason.  Speak soon everyone xxx

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Happy Birthday Jessica

This little beauty was one on Thursday and we are going to her birthday party today.  I cannot believe that the last year has gone so fast, it only seems a couple of weeks ago that she was a newborn in my arms.  She was so excited on her birthday, laughing and clapping her hands in delight at all her presents.  Jessica is walking and talking already, such a little sweetheart 馃槏