Boat

New boat. Part two.

I am overwhelmed by all this. On Monday our new home was craned in. Words to follow, but for now pictures will have to do.

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The New Boat. Part One.

People do boat-build blogs. Breathlessly they document the progress of their build, keeping everyone up-to-date with up-to-the-minute information about how it’s all going. I am breathless about my new boat. I want to document the progress of the build and keep everyone up-to-date. I have a blog. It’s a very exciting event in life and I want to share it with my friends and family. But it’s also something I’ve never done before, not remotely, and, whilst I’ve been in good hands, there are so many horror stories out there that I didn’t want to tempt fate.

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Getting to work in the 2014 Oxford floods

Flood water waist deep. Bit of a challenge getting out. Thames towpath below Oxford flooded knee-deep in places, just breaching at Donnington bridge. Someone in the University College boathouse shouted that I should be careful of sharks.

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Hot

Last night I dealt with the heat the only way I know how.

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Thursday: Gas Mission.

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Abingdon road still under a bit of water, but it’s now receding. I ran out of gas, which means no tea and no hot water. So I went on a gas mission.  

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Tuesday: Floods reach Abingdon Road

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Today, Tuesday. Deepest yet; getting out of my boat I was plunged waist-deep. The river is bringing it to the residents of Abingdon Road. A lunchtime stroll. Street deserted of cars. Very quiet.

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Oxford Flooding: The Cold Light of Monday

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A short lunchtime stroll on Monday after a weekend of flooding. The water is still rising and becoming worryingly strong in places (both in the river and across footpaths thigh-deep).

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BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS

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Give me a cup of tea and a dressing gown and I’m made. Who cares if it’s flooding up to my thighs.

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Flooding in Oxford

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I came home last night and was just about able to make it in wellington boots on tip-toe. Come 1am my landing stage was covered. Up at 7am to check things over and have a stroll. It came up almost to my waist in places. I wouldn’t drink this stuff.

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Putting the Engine Back : video

I posted some pictures about [the removal of the old engine][1] but never got round to its replacement. Time to correct that. The old Lister LR2 was replaced with and older SR2.

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