Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Our weekend in pictures

We knew it couldn't last! We woke up to another glorious morning today, but then, just as the forecasters predicted, the clouds and rain came in. So, we decided to pack up and come home after a late breakfast. A benefit is, that I was able to go straight round to the glass merchants at home, and obtained a piece of BSI Kite marked laminated glass, cut to size, ready to install in the cratch next week. Cost? £32 all in, I was pleasantly surprised. As I forgot my smart 'phone / camera that uploads directly to my Picasa Web albums this weekend, here is our weekend in pictures, now I have been able to upload directly from the SD card from the cheap digi-cam we keep at the boat....





When we arrived on Friday afternoon, I found some more unplanned and unexpected work that needed attention. The area of paint just in front of the hatch here had become detached from the undercoat, presumably due to the sun on a surface that had been rendered unstable over the harsh winter. The photo doesn't really pick up on it, as it looked just like cracks in the surface, but whole sections of paint over around a square foot were loose and flaking away.



This is the same area after I finished rubbing down, cleaning off with white spirit, undercoating, and finally painting. The roof is finished in Craft Master anti-slip. While I was at it, I decided to spruce up the hatch as well, as it had faded badly. I used the same brand paint here, but gloss enamel.







While I was in the mood, I decided then to tackle the front cratch, which was fitted with an acrylic glazing panel that had become yellow and opaque over the years. This has required attention ever since we bought the boat. I removed the panel.....








Yuk...........!











And rubbed all the paintwork around the bow area down, filling imperfections on the wooden cratch, before undercoating and finishing.....









All that is required to finish is to fit the new laminated glass panel I have just acquired at home.










The weekend wasn't all work though. We managed to have a lovely walk late on Sunday afternoon, followed by our evening out at the restaurant I mentioned in my previous post. Notice the little lamp on the side of the boat here. This was a bargain from the reduced bin at B&Q. It is a little multi LED light with a magnetic back. It can be set to automatic with a sensor that switches it on during darkness only when someone is within a 25 metre range. At £4.95 including batteries, very handy for letting the dog out during the night, (Margaret)! Don't say I never buy you anything!

This is the entrance to our "front garden". This is the site of the original medieval farmhouse which I believe was demolished in the 1950's when the current building was erected just to the north. I am told it was a black and white timber frame with thatch, a pity it has gone. The foundations to the old building are still visible just ahead of where I am standing. The area is surrounded by ancient fruit trees which are currently in full blossom....





To the left......











To the right........











And if you look closely in the last picture, this is what you see at the end of the jetty. It's all right for some!






















And when the work was done....off for our walk. These are our moorings from the bridge just up the canal.....









Back on the towpath, this is the same bridge.....











Towards our mooring....











From the towpath......











Walkieeees.......!











Leaving the moorings behind.....











It is on to the next bridge and the old wharf and then the lock......











Towards the old wharf. The quayside remains, on the left side here, near the group of trees. It is now part of a private garden......









We arrive at the lock, and pick up the boat we photographed earlier......










Going down..........!











Well, that was a nice walk! where to now?.....











Back home I am afraid!











To complete the circuit, it is back on the road. Notice the finger post. No EU regulation modern sign posts here, and the better it is for it too!










We hope you enjoyed sharing our virtual weekend. Now that we are home, the sun has just come out again!

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