We arrived before the gates to the yard were open but Chris turned up shortly afterwards so off we trotted to the boat. Paul was already at work and it was good to see him. He's feeling OK but does have pressures on his time due to his wife undergoing radiotherapy... as such, he mentioned he's working early mornings and late nights to keep things moving along - for which we're appreciative.
He mentioned that he was going to rig some temporary lights up unless we had already bought ours... in which case he'd wire them in for us - ... I was cautious in accepting as in the "extras price list" they charge £10 per light... Chris joined in the conversation and offered to do them as a freebie as it would make their lives easier... that's a result then. That did mean arranging a courier on Monday morning but using www.interparcel.com I selected 24 hour royal mail with £250 insurance cover for a little over £16 which was quite reasonable... I received a confirmation text from them about 4.pm today confirming they're been delivered and signed for by Chris.
Apologies for the photo stream not being in any order - Andy was snapping away whilst I chatted and nosed around.
|View from bathroom bulkhead into longe/kitchen|
|Kitchen into lounge (bathroom bulkhead not yet in)|
|Bedroom to the front|
|View into kitchen/lounge|
|view from kitchen into rear cabin/dinette|
It was quite a positive visit - at first we were amazed at how big the lounge felt... until we realised the 2nd bathroom bulkhead was not yet in lol. It'll be fine... cosy!
Paul mentioned that when fitting the lights, he may as well fit the light switches so I included them in the parcel - they're nothing flashy just polished chrome from screwfix .... we've got the power sockets to match with usb sockets in them too.
As far as we can tell - it's on schedule to be completed by the end of the month. I've still not had confirmation from the crane bloke or the lorry chap but the last time we spoke, they were prepared to do a Saturday lift /carry. If things have changed, we may have to move it to a Monday instead.
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It was nice to catch up with them whilst they're in the country for a change... oh the joys of being retired and spending the kids inheritance.... GOOD for them!
On return home, I sorted out an order for JG Speedfit plumbing connectors and bought the remaining radiators - they're "due" next week but the fittings arrived today.
The observant among (amongst?) you will notice the filling loop. I realise the system is open vented and "usually" filled from the header tank but that will be a pain to do in a confined space - it therefore seems logical to me to fit a non- return valve and filling loop to the main cold supply to speed up the initial filling of the system... I don't think I can overpressure it as the pump is only rated at 2bar anyway... well that's the "thinking" behind it.
What else has been going on? - er well, on Sunday, whilst having another go at tidying the garage (to make space for the new windows which are due to arrive next Thursday) we were discussing our continued 'life laundry' process in preparation for moving on to the boat. Today when I got in from work I went to get a glass (for water) and found the kitchen cupboards annotated like this:
Further discussion is required!!!
Until next time..