Friday, October 09, 2015

Have you seen the weather forecast?

I was greeted this morning by bright sun and blue sky, and not a hint of any wind. Totally beautiful. Then I made the mistake of looking at Twitter.

Darn! But at least we'll have done the touching-up-the-paintwork jobs before it sets in. And Grace will still be able to do the interior Roses and Castles. She's still not ready to do them on the cabin sides. Yesterday, we took Kantara out and moored her just opposite the marina, where we painted over the scuffs one side of the hull; the panel below the gunnel. It's a quick-drying deck paint which John Barnard applied back in May, and really easy to paint over, leaving a good-looking finish. We'll go out and do the other side this afternoon.

After taking Michael and Jane out this time last week, we found that the pipe joint on the calorifier was still leaking, despite Roy's work on it not long ago. He'll be back next week to investigate. On the same day, Simon will be servicing the Bubble stove. It's likely it's never been serviced before, and it's started to burn dirty and less efficiently, so we're looking forward to having that put right. We've not been using it for a week or so now, even though we'd love to. We're using the Alde instead, which is fine; it heats the boat much more quickly than the Bubble, certainly. But the Bubble is favourite. More cost-effective, and having a lovely blue-red glow in the evenings, which adds to the cosiness of the saloon.

The autumn skies in late afternoon have been amazing lately. Especially when there's rain around!

And when there was rain around on Tuesday, we went to Cineworld to see "Miss you already". I have to confess I wasn't expecting much of the film, even though the trailer made it look good. Trailers sometimes have a way of showing you the only bits worth watching, don't they? But I was wrong. It was brilliant, combining pathos with humour, held together by a strong story and tremendous acting and direction.

"Milly and Jess have been best friends since childhood. Growing up, they did everything together and could never imagine life without one another. On the surface, Milly and Jess couldn’t be more different: Milly is a forward-thinking career woman who has landed her dream job, she has a wonderful loving husband and two fantastic kids. Jess, on the other hand, resides in a boathouse and spends her days working in a community garden.
While Jess loves being an ‘auntie’ to Milly’s two gorgeous kids, she longs for the day that she and her boyfriend, Jago, will have a family of their own. But when Milly receives the distressing news that she has breast cancer, life takes an unexpected turn and Milly needs Jess more than ever."
And we've watched DVDs of a few more films recently, too. (The only TV we've watched has been Downton Abbey. Couldn't miss that!)

Son of Rambow stars Bill Milner, who played brilliantly in Is anybody there? which we've also seen lately. Rambow is very funny, with moments of pathos. A great film.
"In 1980s England, schoolboys Will Proudfoot and Lee Carter meet by chance in a hallway. Though the boys are polar opposites, Lee asks Will to help him make a homemade action movie, inspired by Sylvester Stallone's hit, "Rambo: First Blood." Will, who lives in a strict religious environment, is only too happy to oblige his new friend."

Is anybody there? is poignant, with comic moments. Another really good film.
"Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten year old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. Whilst his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat, and his father copes with the onset of mid-life crisis, Edward is busy tape-recording the elderly residents to try and discover what happens when they die. Increasingly obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife, Edward's is a rather lonely existence until he meets Clarence, the latest recruit to the home, a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy.
Is Anybody There? tells the story of this odd couple - a boy and an old man - facing life together, with Edward learning to live in the moment and Clarence coming to terms with the past."

Gotta stop now! Lunch-time. Then painting!

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