Thursday, 17 October 2013

One For The Birds

Well another week has flown by. Had a meal out at ‘The Otter’ at Kegworth last Friday which was excellent and was able to wish Andrew and Anna safe journey back to New Zealand where I presume they keep an eye on the tectonic plates. Though it must be boring staring at a rock all day. (Somehow I think there is a bit more to it than that.)
Saturday was busy down at the carpenters shop at Woolsthorpe getting ready for the discovery day. Sunday came and the rain rained and the wind blew but the people still came to see what we were up to. It really good to see how many braved the weather to support the society and at the end of the day over £1200 had been raised. My duck has been sacked after coming nowhere in the dirty duck race, I’ll have to see if I can get a better signing for next year.
Monday was a fairly non day just pottering about with odd jobs in the shed and popped down to T-A to get my wet weather gear ready for Tuesday.
A very early start for me to get down to Streethay Wharf with Ian and Tony from GCS to take the RYA inland waterway helmsman course with Dusty and Phil on NB Centenary. The weather was kind to us and we had a very enjoyable and informative day, cruising round to Fradley and toward the marina at Bromley where we winded.
Ian’s turn on the tiller while we lock wheeled.
There is plenty of practical work between bouts of theory and instruction.
I was on the tiller when we winded and managed to cock it up with what felt like a 97 point turn, but even so we all came away with certificates. The photograph on mine is such a miserable looking git it has got to be somebody elseJ.
The last couple of days have been in the workshop making up bits for the wheelhouse panelling and building  a nice big bird table/feeder for the depot at Woolsthorpe for one of the lads who has managed to arrange a supply of bird food. Expect some pictures as things get a bit nearer completion.


Tom and Jan said...

This is good news..... I now know someone who can give me free boat handling lessons!

David said...

Hi Tom
You'll need to get a wheel fitted first - No prizes for working a tiller :-)