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My Ass is blue!!!

Well it’s been awhile since I last posted anything. I thought the time had come for me to renew my acquaintance with the ethereal world of ‘blogs’. Although I have been absent, I have, nonetheless, continued to follow all those lucky ‘sods’ who are doing what I will eventually be doing and that is sailing the seven seas.

Right back to the purpose of this blog……………

You may remember that some months ago I had ‘Patricia Perkins’, my old trusty engine, removed for her bottom end to be re-shaped. This involved no botox, or silicon implants, just a bit of re-grinding and re-sizing of bearings.

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Now Patricia is not one of those petite, sleek blonde like creatures. She is a 45hp beauty, weighing in at 4 and a half hundred weight. Therefore a bit of an ‘Amazon’. She reminds me, a little, of ‘Wonder Woman’. Now there was a fine example of buxom beauty. Any how, enough of that!! Once Patricia had been ‘done over’, she sat on her pallet, in the boatyard, and we fired her up. Oh, it was grand to see. She coughed and spluttered and then settled down to a dull roar. We had to tie her to the fence, because she began to make her way off across the yard, on her pallet!!

As you can see from the photo, she didn’t look her best and had no chance of winning any beauty contest!! I therefore had a moment of weakness and decided to give a ‘once over’.

Over the following weeks/months, because the weather here has been crap and not conducive to paint, I have given her a new set of clothing………………………

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Now Patricia can shout ‘MY ASS IS BLUE!!!!!’

Whilst all this was going on, I had another moment of weakness and decided to re-cover her bed. Well what lady wouldn’t like fresh sheets on her bed? This involved a trip down the West Country and a return to life 50 years ago. It’s a known fact that the West Country lags behind the rest of England!!!

Her bed, as you can see, was a bit of a mess.          However, a lot of scrubbing, degreasing and elbow grease20150227_114404   and…………            20150227_123530    the starboard side ended up

looking like this.

The next job? The windlass……………………..but that’s another story……………………………

 


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Feeling reflective……………….

Some people will never understand, the draw the water brings,

the sights, the sounds, the beauty, as I listen and the wind sings.

The sun sets, and rises again, on another lovely day,

no matter the weather, as my little boat, alongside, she lays.

 

For four years now, she has been my only home,

and restlessly, I go on and prepare myself to roam.

Mending this, replacing that, as together we go to explore,

always enjoying what I find, and always wanting more.

 

A tiny place to live, but a whole world out side,

no highways to hell, just a huge ocean to ride.

These thoughts run through my mind, as bunk bound I lay,

what weather, what experiences, will happen to me today.?

 

My little ship closets me, safe, secure and warm,

as rain beats, and wind howls, they can do me no harm.

Tied up alongside, just waiting for the day,

when, at last, I loose my lines, and finally sail away.

 

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