Cats on the boat!! oscar is ok, he has to be taken for walks on a lead which takes forever as he just wants to smell everything and stand and look at stuff. he did try to pounce on a goose three times his size yesterday though… rupert doesnt like the harness so hasnt been out for a proper walk yet as he acts like he’s in a straightjacket when he’s in it. We still havent named the boat, I wrote a list of my favourites on the car windscreen to try spur Rik into making a decision. Our friend Nate came over to help and helped make the under sofas into storage which was a great help and created LOADS of storage. I made fake draw fronts to go over the gaps where the draws used to be.
here are some things i have made for the boat - i decorated our boat hook and mop so they’d look fancy and i also recovered the not o great velour stools with some materials from my stash of awesome “i’ll use that one day” materials. Oh, and a photo of the sleepy cats…
This weekend Em worked a tattoo convention in Leamington Spa and on the way home we went to Ikea in coventry as it was close by and got a few things to make the boat a bit more homely. like some hangy kitchen storagy things and also a big red rug. the cats seem to like it a lot and have taken to sleeping in the same spot on it together like they are cute or something….we have also been walking them on harnesses lots so they get outdoor time, even though Oscar did escape for a few days recently and had us worried like crazy that he;d get lost. He got out the same day as a very noisy thunderstorm happened and didnt come back for three days. His jaunt away cant have been that great as he no longer has a desperation to escape and when the window got left open all day when we were out this weekend he went out but stayed close to the boat.
Monday - In the double bedroom was a sink unit and a wardrobe and when we pulled out the sink we found that it hadnt had the waste pipe connected properly which had then spent a long time leaking into the surrounding wood and caused all sorts of rot and mould. We intended on just taking out the sink, then ended up deconstructing the entire bedroom, and realised a lot of the boarded up bits were hiding valuable space. I guess the rot helped us in a way otherwise we wouldnt have found all the extra bits. it doesnt smell too good in there though…luckily we invested in emergency tea making equipment. Getting used to the geese neighbours coming for an evening drink next to us in the slipway :)
soooooo. we are on the water! this update is coming from the boat. we have some sketchy internet so here,s some photos! we have lights and sockets, we have walls and floors, rik has redone all the bathroom sealant and we antifouled the outside of the boat!! the walls used to have this dodgy carpet stuff on it which was stuck down with thick rubber glue which is a nightmare to get off! more photos in the next post including CATS!!!
Last night we antifouled the boat in the dark by the light of the car headlights, so this is the first night on the water, we slept in the boat on land for a few nights but tonight we will be in a boat not a boat shaped caravan!!!! we’ve hung out with some swans and we got the engine going, have running water and a flushing toilet, (weak) internet and electricity! Houses are boring, everyone get a boat!!!