Monday, May 11, 2015

Nearly there!

...we hope! We went to Keighly in Yorkshire last weekend, and visited Sofabed Barn, the only people we could find on the web who make decent sofa beds for narrowboats. Tailor-make them if need be. We spent ages there, trying them out, quizzing the boss-man, and finally deciding upon the sofa for Kantara.





We'll place an order in due course. First, we have to get the boat back to Yelvertoft.

While we were in Yorkshire, we took the opportunity to spend an afternoon enjoying the delights of the moors. We didn't roam far, but the weather was good, and the scenery delightful.















On the way back, we stopped off as planned to see Kantara. Her roof was finished, the rest of her was fully primed and undercoated several times, and ready for the finishing coats.




We went back a few days later to collect the solar panels for painting. We'd taken the rear door and side hatch wooden panels back on the Tuesday, but forgot the solar panels. However, that was fortuitous because Jon Leeson was there, the guy who's doing the signwriting for us, and we were able to discuss that job with him. He was great. He gave Grace lots of advice about painting the roses and castles, and much encouragement, too.

So, back to the house with hours of cleaning, sanding, painting and varnishing. All to a deadline now, since John expects everything to be finished by the end of next week.
The stern drawers, repainted
The contents of those drawers!
The door panels, before repainting
The solar panels, finished and drying


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