Welcome to the Khayamanzi Weblog owned by Andy Edwards. Read the exploits of life afloat and my travels around the British inland waterways of Great Britain aboard my floating home Khayamanzi - a 55 foot narrowboat and with 'first mate' Simba - my border collie cross German Shepherd! *People wishing to see developments of Little Foxwood Model Railway can find the links on the right below my recommended websites.
Don't panic - it's not quite what it sounds!
Well that's how it seems! Yesterday was forecast to be glorious and it was, today was forecast to be horendous and it was glorious, although this evening the rain did come down with some force amidst a storm that included thunder and lightening. May be that was summer - I'm not sure.
'The photos show the rivet set being put on but this is nowhere complete on
these photographs. JW has been experimenting on Clarence by fitting these with a
rivet gun which works by firing an explosive charge which thumps the rivet
through the plate and also seals it with an epoxy foam to prevent rust - it
makes a hell of a noise when it goes off - apart from not being needed for the
construction, they are real rivets though but as they actually pierce the hull,
they are not fitted around the stern where the diesel tank is, the bow stem post
and below the gunwhales for obvious reasons! there, they are welded as
normal (for replicas that is)'
Well, spent much of the day today cleaning the inside of the car out ready to go ASAP hopefully once I get the new one! I wish I'd taken a shot of the inside of the boot before I started. You'll have to imagine what a mess it was and to help you imagine it, it took over an hour just to sort the boot out and the dog used to sit in there perched up on top of everything with his head hitting the roof! Now it looks like this. (The folded item in there is a 'Hatchbag' I had custom made for the space.)
Not yet anyway!
An exciting thing happened yesterday. Overnight, the swallows returned from their winter in Africa. It happened literally just like that! One day - none and yesterday, they all appeared; swooping and diving over the water and the fields and dive bombing over my head. It's a lovely sight as they are such beautiful birds and not least because they herald the start of the summer and, (supposed,) warmer weather. Right now, I expect they are wishing they were still back in Africa flying over the local traffic:
OK, so having departed of £154, my prop protector arrived today! Very unimpressive! Much smaller than I thought with detailed instructions, the right Allen keys and even a small bottle of locking glue for the screws that attach it to the shaft - oh, and not to mention 2 stickers warning anyone who decides to delve intot he weed hatch that a prop protector is fitted. Quite important I would think, given that the blade is razer sharp, (currently protected by a rubber cover to aid safe installation.)
Seems to be big changes in the Edwards family, or at least, there are with the 'younger' members! I use the word 'younger' in its loosest possible term. I'll leave my brother Steve to keep you posted with his developments on his blog but my change of vehicle seems to be getting closer! The Mitsubishi, (sorry Derek,) seems to be getting close to a sensible price and I have even managed to get the finances all sorted and in place ready. Just need to finalise the bottom price on the purchase car and then confirm the quote for my car that CarCraft said they would pay, before somehow coordinating it all together so that I can do the switch without ending up minus a car for any period of time.
The rapid onset another weekend and I thought I would make you smile with this short video clip sent to me today by my father!
Tomorrow my brother arrives to visit over night en route further north. This visit he is driving a Mitsubishi Shogun which just happens to be for sale - I think I'll take a look! I also plan to visit a couple of 4x4 garages I know of in Hinckley; just for interest.
In case you haven't noticed, my comments last night on the Sow meeting on Saturday have been corrected as the meeting is/was on Thursday, (today.) I seem to be good at doing this, getting dates wrong - not sure where I got Saturday from. I suppose I just assumed that an organisation that relied on volunteers would hold their inaugural meeting on a Saturday so that everyone could attend. I hoep that doesn't mean that SOW is to become an organisation dominated by retired boaters. I thought the intent was to encourage all members of waterway users to get involved. I would be interested in how many fishermen or cyclists took time off work to attend?
OK, birthday been and gone for another year. Since my hernia operation 4 years ago, I have been getting occasional but repeated pains across my lower chest on the side of my op. Monday, I felt the first twinges re-ocurring and by yesterday evening I was in agony. This morning, I struggled into work and despite my head's best efforts in trying to fin dsupply cover for me this afternoon - he couldn't and so with the helpof lots of pain killers, I managed to just about get through the day. A doctors appointment has been booked for Friday to get it checked out, (no more, "Oh you've just sprained a muscle," rubbish please!) and this evening I feel a little better thanks to the drugs.
As of tomorrow, I am officially nearer to 40 than I am to 30! Help, how time flies. Boy, do I feel old? I am determined to have a mid life crisis soon and do something mad - not sure what yet, I just feel I need an excuse....
A great day yesterday at the marina open day. A great number of people came to visit and many signed up for berths which was good despite some very cold weather.
Went to bed last night completely exhausted but with the threat of forecasted snow ringing in my ears. Woke up at about 4.00 in the morning for a bathroom visit, poked my head out the side hatch to see this...
Woke up this morning with texts from various friends and relatives all giving me pictures of the snow in there areas. These included my father with this picture of his suburban garden...
Unfortunately by the time I surfaced from the boat, the morning sun had already melted much of the 2-3 inches that we had and we were only left with this....
It was a beautiful sight though, with bright sun and a blue sky refelcting on the dafodills in the marina against the pure white snow. A well earned lazy day todayenjoying the warmth of the sunshine streaming through the window with the fire back in business again.
.....my lastday of the Easter break and I'm just starting back for the next 8 weeks as many schools are breaking up for the next 2! The routine of ironing has already started again.
....to the control panel inside my back cabin....
Very pleased with it so far. Although the sensors look ugly, the board will eventually be painted green and the whole lot lifts off the roof. The wind cups also lift off if I wish.
Finalised the details for Khayamanzi's big May maintenance malarky! Confirmed the dates and the work list which now includes:
I'm going to purchase the Prop protector and Rose Narrowboats will fit it so I have to get my hand down the weed hatch again some time to take measurements before I order it. Anyone with any experience of these - your comments are welcomed!
Right now, I'm off to russle up something vaguely exciting for dinner before settling in for a relaxing evening before school tomorrow.
Back home and it seems I've been back for ages! All the chores are done and now it's time to sit back and relax. I might even allow myself a ly-in tomorrow morning.