Kitchen… tick! Distant Drum… tick!

The cottage has been transformed. Old kitchen ripped out, with some of it being recycled into Howard and Sue’s house for their utility room (which is exactly what I did in Chapel Hill House) and after two weeks of puzzling, measuring, sawing, yet more puzzling, the gas spur successfully installed, Fired Earth (floor tiles) / Ikea (units and cooker hood) / Worktop Express (worktop with enough left over to make a shelf and chopping board) / Franke (1.5 sink) / Smeg (aka Smug) oven and gas hob, my lovely old fridge freezer and dinky dishwasher, all fitted in like a made to measure glove. All praise to Ginger the builder and his side kick Tom. What stars and I am very happy.

Ginger puzzling which pipe is the gas and which is the water

Ginger puzzling which pipe is the gas and which is the water

Tom in the floor

Tom in the floor

Tiles done, plastering done

Tiles done, plastering done

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Worktop going in

Worktop going in

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Dnah!

Dnah!

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Before putting everything back in the sitting room, which was made into a workshop for the duration, I painted the walls and floor, reglossed the door and skirting and it looks so much better for it. A pleasure to walk into.

While I concentrated on the cottage, Clive turned his attention to Distant Drum, carrying out any repairs needed, fitting a new radio and fog horn, repairing a stanchion base, sanding down and preparing the hull for anti foul, eradicating the rust around the davit bases, and in the last week, in between paint layers in the cottage, I have commuted to Titchmarsh to get the anti foul painted and apply my decorating skills to our big red stripe along the top of her hull.

I engaged the services of Tad (Clive’s son) and Gareth (Howard’s brother) on Tuesday and Gareth again yesterday to get the anti foul on the hull before she is dropped back in the water today. Clive and I were drenched last night by the time we finished her preparation, getting home steaming from our wet overalls at 10.15pm. Exhausting and good all at the same time.

Clive almost finished with the paint

Clive almost finished with the paint

Gareth applying the finishing touches to the rudder

Gareth applying the finishing touches to the rudder

Big blue splodge of antifoul on Tad's head - no barnacles here!

Big blue splodge of antifoul on Tad’s head – no barnacles here!

Barnacles here however

Barnacles here however

Dnah!

Dnah!

And she's ready!

And she’s ready!

I have done much crying into paint pots this week as my lovely oldest friend Libby, who’s husband Chris was so ill last year, herself succumbed to a horrid aggressive cancer which none of us saw coming when it hit her last August. She died last Friday evening surrounded by Chris and her family. So heart wrenching for all of us, yet she was in so much pain it was a blessing in the end. When I last saw her, I cried because it was so upsetting to see her in so much pain. She laughed at me and with me as we reminisced on life and old friends from our teens and twenties, and when I left I got into the stairwell of the hospital and sobbed. I knew then that I wouldn’t see her again and this was our goodbye. I’ve another funeral today, my friend Bird’s dad, John Webster, another cracking man who was always full of love and life. I had better wear my dark glasses as it’s hard not to have my heart on my sleeve at the moment… along with a lot of snot if I don’t take a box of tissues too.

With Libby in the south of France, when we went to stay with Chris and Bob on their Dutch barge on The Midi (canal)

With Libby in the south of France, when we went to stay with Chris and Bob on their Dutch barge on The Midi (canal)

Relaxing in the sun at an al fresco cafe

Relaxing in the sun at an al fresco cafe

Libby

Libby

Clive and I are going to bring Distant Drum round to Harwich this evening, and stock her up ready to sail to the Ostend at Anchor 2017 Festival on Monday for a much needed break. Belgium here we come!

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7 thoughts on “Kitchen… tick! Distant Drum… tick!

  1. Kay

    So sorry to hear of losing an old friend. Very sad and a painful process. It’s probably good that you have been so busy with the cottage. It looks great by the way – as does Distant Drum. Have a lovely trip. XX

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  2. Sr. Brad

    So MUCH going on in your world … mostly lovely…. some sad but that too … oddly lovely …. I am beaming light and love across the pond.

    Hoping you’ll think about fluffing “The Anne Frank Room” for me should I decide NOT to return to the USA after my Euro-escape this summer? I will be spending two months in Salzburg… watching the TrumpTASTIC takeover of America….

    So much WINNING (fuck).!!!!!!

    Our ONLY salvation is their incompetence…. if they actually knew what they were doing, we could be in real trouble.

    I hope to see you both one day soon.

    Kissy, Kissy!

    Sr. Brad

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  3. Sally Davies

    Hi Sarah- kitchen looks wonderful and so does the drum. Well done guys.
    Thinking 💭 f you as you grieve the loss of your close friend.
    Take care and we had better catch up
    In July. Xxx
    Sal xxx

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  4. Beany

    Lovely reading about your antics. Some sad but mostly all sounding wonderful. The pictures all look great .
    All best and fondest love ❤️
    The Beans.

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  5. sharon275

    Hi Sarah – I meant to respond to your previous installment, with the kitchen pictures. Well done, I must say. It looks so good in there. What is the festival you went to in Belgium? Is it a boat thing? Lots of great pics, as usual.

    Progress in my construction project is zooming along. Cabinets are being installed; counter tops, wood trim, flooring are next, with decking and to follow. Bio-filter septic system yet to be installed but I should be in by early July. As you can imagine, I am very excited about the whole thing.

    Tales of your travels still thrill, baby.

    TTFN Sharon

    On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 2:40 AM, distantdrumsailing wrote:

    > workingwildchild posted: “The cottage has been transformed. Old kitchen > ripped out, with some of it being recycled into Howard and Sue’s house for > their utility room (which is exactly what I did in Chapel Hill House) and > after two weeks of puzzling, measuring, sawing, yet more puz” >

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