Happy Christmas

Visited the marina today. Lots of ice and some great hoar frost. There were a few boats breaking ice.

Kingfisher marina (Yardley Gobion) with ice, mist and hoar frost

Hoar frost on mooring ring

Hoar frost and cob-webs

Albert's Saloon Refurbished

We have not done much boating this early winter but we have been busy making alterations to Albert's saloon. We have a small two-seater setee (Parker-Knoll Chameleon) and a matching high-backed chair. Both were getting a bit tired and slightly worn in places, so we decided to have them recovered by a local furnishing company, G & M Lawrence of Brackley. They did a really great job. It was very interesting when we had to get the furniture out of the boat. We found that the fit of the chairs through the front doors was very tight; we had millimetres to spare!

View looking aft

At the same time Maggie made new curtains, with the material supplied through Lawrence. Because we are keen on William Morris, and Albert has a Victorian style, we went for Willow Bough from Morris and Company. We saw the pattern used on a replica inspection launch in 2006 and thought it was particularly suitable!

View looking forward

Willow Bough pattern blinds