We had a night away from the boat last Thursday. Mag’s brother in law, John, had died, and we went up to Manchester for the funeral. We stopped with Mag’s sister for the night and attended the service on Friday before heading back here later in the day.
I’ve not been idle, though, while we’ve been here. For a while now we’ve been thinking of having a revamp of the interior, getting rid of some of the ubiquitous wood panelling on the ceiling (deckhead) and cabin sides.
So I set to at the rear end, stripping off the hardwood trim and the central panel that covers the cable trunking. Then the ceiling panels were scoured with sugar soap before getting 3 coats of cream silk emulsion.
The contrast between the paint, dark hardwood trims and light oak central panel is very pleasing so the rest of the boat is getting the same treatment. So far I’m about halfway, the bedroom, shower room and above the dinette are now done. Next on the agenda is the galley, then the saloon.
After that we’ll have a think about the cabin sides. Below the gunwale they are carpeted in blue for extra insulation, and this will stay. Above the gunwale they are the same as the ceiling, light oak plywood. We’ll have to decide on colour and finishes.
I’ve also got all the logs chopped up ready for splitting between showers today.
It’s not all been graft, though. We’ve had some pleasant walks up the locks and into Knowle. The village is about 1½ miles away but well worth the walk.
The church dates back to 1403, and the Guild Hall next door was completed 9 years later.
St Annes Guild Hall
The library is housed in what was once a farmhouse, dating back to around the same time.
A bit more contemporary is a row of 4 houses, known as Jubilee Hall. These date from Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897.
To get to the village we went up the flight of 5 broad locks. These were built in the 1930’s when the section of the Grand Union from Napton to Bordesley was improved. They replaced a flight of narrow locks, the chambers of which now act as the bywashes from the new locks.
We’ll not be going up these, instead we’ll be heading back towards Lapworth, then on to Warwick via the 21 locks at Hatton. These are built in the same way, and are quick and fairly easy to work down. But that’ll not be till Saturday.
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