Nearly there!

Excitement mounts! Froth is about one week away from being ready. There has been much progress in all areas of the boat over the past couple of weeks. So much of it has been in transition that it did not seem right to show photographs, but now things are really coming together.

In the bow area, the cratch covers have been fitted and the wooden ceiling added. It is such a lovely space, with views all around, but also warm and weather-proof. We can roll down the blackout covers too, for privacy. The next step in this area is to fit the banquette all round and the removable table in the middle. It seems likely that we will be spending a lot of our time out here!cratch1 cratch2 cratch3

The view into the saloon and galley is just beautiful. Wonderful woodwork throughout, and very restful colours in the tiles…

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and the blinds:

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The Morso Squirrel stove is fitted too:

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Even though we have central heating (which can be controlled by mobile phone, by the way) we felt that a solid fuel stove is the heart of any boat, so we just had to have one.

The flooring is a rich and beautiful oak, and runs throughout the boat, with the exception of the saloon which will be carpeted (the last job to be done).

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The bathroom has fabulous white tiles throughout.

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And the downlighting over the sink creates an effect that is hard to capture with a camera!

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The stern cabin combines the study, with its computer desk and pull-out extension…

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…with a bedroom, with a tall wardrobe and drawers.

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There will be many other photos of both bedrooms in due course, once the boat is out into the light and the camera can “see” better.

Finally, the seat that will go atop the ‘taffrail’ on the stern deck is being made. Such lovely wood!

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The craftsmanship at MGM is wonderful to see.

If you go down to the cut today…

It’s another beautiful morning on the cut at Thurmaston. The ducks are quacking, the sun is shining, the boats are lying lazily in the water. The view up the canal from the lock bridge is delightful…

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Let’s take a closer look at those boats.

IMG_1177Hmm. One of them has a very bright green stern, with vibrant tunnel flashing…

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IMG_1179It is! It’s Froth on the Daydream, resplendent now in her full livery!

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There’s lots of progress all over the boat today. We have bow thrusters:

Bow thrusterWe have gas:

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There are lights now throughout the cabin:

IMG_1162In the bathroom, the toilet flush works, the sink area is done, and the shower works beautifully with excellent pressure and plenty of room inside:

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Talking  of running water, the kitchen sink is also working:

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And the oven is ready for that Christmas turkey:IMG_1172

We are just waiting on the central heating, which has an air lock somewhere in the system. This will be eliminated soon.

Meanwhile, the doors are all in place, with the exception of the large ones between each room. There were 59 doors, in the end!

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It just goes on getting more and more exciting!IMG_1167

Fifty doors

There was not a great deal of change inside the boat today, and here is the reason why:

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Fifty doors! Martin has spent the entire week in the workshop making these doors, which have to fit all the cupboards and doorways on the boat. It is an enormous labour.

So, our attention was mainly focused on the outside. We have brass ‘mushrooms’ and rails for the plank and pole.

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Also, sitting on the stern deck in the autumn sunshine is a joy:

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Which is not to say that nothing at all has happened inside. Rachel has done a lot of varnishing, and we have radiator covers being fitted into place:

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We had some discussion about whether the bathroom sink is too small, and resolved to try it for a month or two and change it if necessary.

Now we are looking at handles for the fifty doors. The overhead cupboards can have knobs, but the lower cupboards need D-handles so that we don’t snag our clothes on them as we walk past. Of course, we don’t want just any old handles and knobs – they have to look good! Looks like we will be spending quite a lot of time this week researching and choosing.