The painting went well and was quite quick considering it has to be brushed on, not rolled. But my legs ached from being on my knees so long - unnatural position for a woman at the best of times ... And my feet got wet. I wasn't wearing my boots and the trainers let the considerable dew in.
|I knew those tarpaulins would come in handy! I should have made sure my feet were on them too.|
|The end result. Not fancy but practical.|
The hardest thing though was keeping the boat away from the armco as other boats went past. One of our go kart wheel-type fenders has a hole in it, so it no longer floats on its side, dammit!
Once the painting was finished, the part I had started on was pretty much dry. By the time I had had brekkie it was all dry and we headed off.
|When we came up Barton Turn Lock last year this handsome house was for sale, and it still is. It looks like it would be an ideal B&B property given its location and style.|
The stressful part of the cruise today was the long portion of it that runs right next to the A38. I am sure it is the noisiest piece of road we have ever boated beside, and that includes the M1 near Milton Keynes! However once on the river section before Alrewas, it is calm and quiet and beautiful.
|Another handsome building - the church on the river section before Alrewas. Nice setting.|
As it is a fasting day today, I needed to keep busy. So I have now wirebrushed, sanded and Fertanned the starboard side between gunwales and strake. I won't paint it tomorrow as the Fertan needs a bit of time to do its job. But Saturday, weather permitting, it will be done.
After preparing dinner (that seems to happen quite early on fasting days for some reason ...) we headed out for a walk along the towpath and around the village. It is such a lovely place.
|New thatch looking stunning! Such skill involved, and an art that does not appear to be dying here in the UK.|
Firstly though, tomorrow's mission is to go and visit the National War Memorial Arboretum. We have found the way to walk there and will head off in the morning. A visit to the world famous butcher is scheduled for on the way back. Then a short rest before dinner perhaps ...