Saturday, April 22, 2017
I have been out and had a nice walk, been to put my rubbish in the bin...loving being able to do that!!
You always have to take into consideration just how long a simple task like taking your rubbish to the bin takes! Being amongst boats where ever you are, brings out the friendliness in people, so taking a stroll around to the bins often results in chatting to people, today was no different! I said good morning to a couple with two children and two dogs we got chatting as you do. They are excitedly waiting for their new wide beam to come to the Marina, they are ecstatic and it was palpable, I was soon smiling from ear to ear for them too.
They were asking how nice was it being on the boat and in the Marina, my enthusiasm for how nice it is just made them even more excited if that was possible! How lovely for them, I hope all goes well for them, I somehow know they are going to love it!
Over the years my mood has fluctuated over my life afloat, I have never once regretted my decision to take to the canal lifestyle, I just sometimes get days when it all becomes a little overwhelming, especially when things go wrong. But then doesn't everybody feel like that whatever path they choose in life? I am an over thinker, no in fact I am an over over thinker!! I take things to heart and let them hurt more than should be allowed...I wallow in worry at times then once through the other side wonder why I have been so daft. I dust myself off and carry on!
Whatever happens in my life be it good or bad I like to think I can walk away with some clarity as to why it happened, not everything is controlled by us though is it? As I have got older though, the wisdom that comes with age does start to make more sense, well some of the time anyway!
The one thing I find difficult, really difficult is why other people can't feel what I feel? I am hopeless at drifting off into my own little bubble, Danny could tell you all about that one, he just doesn't understand where I go when I get immersed in my thoughts, it's like I have walked through a door into another dimension one that not many others if anybody can understand, whats more I like it there! When something captures my attention, however mundane it may be to others, I'm gone and sometimes for some time!! Is that a bad habit or good depends on what way you look at it! If however there is something else interesting going on that keeps me engrossed I won't disappear to the annoyance of those nearest and dearest to me, I will stay involved with them in this new interest.
Dan and I find it really hard at times, we have such diverse interests and sadly it is putting a huge strain on our relationship. as much as I have tried to inject interest into Dan about this wonderful boat lifestyle he just doesn't feel it like I do.... there by lies the problem. We will hopefully work through our differences and come up with a solution....but time will tell.
For all you lovely couples out there who both love boat life, don't ever take that for granted. I have lost count of the amount of couples who struggle because one loves the lifestyle and the other doesn't. It's not wrong on either persons account just makes things a tad difficult!!
We will either come up with a solution or sadly go our separate ways...
In the meantime I will do my up most to be happy, and I am here, other areas of my life are not so, 'plain sailing' but hopefully the storm will be weathered and a calm outlook will resume!
Friday, April 21, 2017
My life is constantly changing, whose isn't?
I haven't felt settled for a long time. Always feel comfortable on Tickety Boo, she is my sanctuary, my big steel hug that envelopes me in her safe arms!
It's the outside things that have made me feel unsettled...
I am not going to linger too much on my last mooring. What can I say, it was fabulous while it lasted...until my happiness there was brought to an abrupt halt. Now this, 'Halt' was to me at the time a nightmare but as time has gone on it wasn't such a nightmare as a blessing!
I have many fond memories of my time at the club where I was moored for 13 years. I met some lovely people, who hopefully I will see out and about on the cut. I also, to my sadness, met people who shocked me to the very core with their actions! I shouldn't think for one minute these people would ever read my blog...personally I wouldn't want them to if I am being honest but the people in question know who they are. If they are proud in how they have conducted themselves it just sums up the type of people they are. Individuals I am so glad I have distanced myself from!
I refuse to go into anymore detail than that, as individuals they don't really warrant valuable space on my blog! My blog is for nice things, they are categorically not nice!
So, on to this new chapter. I am now in a Marina! I have always dreaded the thought of being moored in a Marina! Marina's to me always conjured up a picture of a car park for boats, how wrong could I be! I now liken it more to a village, a boat village. The atmosphere here is lovely, very relaxed and well run. All clean and tidy, lots of trees and greenery which I love, friendly people facilities are excellent and the Marina tea rooms are so relaxed and welcoming. You know when you go to a new place and it all feels strange, it takes a while to settle? It never felt strange here from day one.
I recently put a post on my face book saying that if boats could smile Tickety Boo would have a huge grin on her bow, but in the meantime I will smile for both of us!
Financially I have had to tighten my purse strings, but the extra expense is worth every penny for the peace of mind I now have, so much so I have decided to bore you all with my blog posts once more!
I have been off the past week feeling run down with a cold and all the stress of the past few weeks, not the nicest of periods in my life but now firmly put behind me. I once again have lots to look forward to.
I will over the coming weeks and months hopefully have interesting things to waffle on about on here so apologies in advance!
I have to add just before I go, aren't friends and family wonderful when you are having a tough time? I have such lovely people surrounding me and know how lucky I am. I have a lovely family who are always there for me. Also a lovely man who has been in my life for the past 4 years. We are having problems and worries just now but I know given time we will get through it and it will be sorted one way or another. I am 60 in two years time and I want to live the rest of my life being happy, whatever that takes to achieve I will strive towards...
Sunday, December 07, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
It really makes you think doesn't it? The older I am getting, the more precious my time is.
I am the worst culprit I know for, ' wasting time'. I will spend ages just standing at the side hatch staring at the sky and marvelling at how the cloud formations change by the minute. I can spend hours on my lap top chatting to people I have never met, reading their comments and being interested in their lives and what they are up to, especially if they are fellow boaters. I may have dishes in the sink, an unmade bed, countless chores that need seeing to but I like my bouts of wasted time, because to me they are not wasted! I love them! Granted some days I will get to bed time and think that was a waste of a day, I could have been doing this, this or this, but all in all I enjoy my, 'me' days, I go at my pace and just do the things I want to do!
It fascinates me when I watch people bustling about. I look at them and wonder, have they even noticed the gorgeous colours the trees are right now, can they see the hundreds of Canadian Geese flying over in perfect formation, do they notice the clouds and how lovely the sky is, or is all this wasted on them? People have so much going on in their lives, jobs, families, money struggles all of life's ammunition that gets fired at us constantly, ill health, squabbles the price of fish!
I am not for one minute making light of these personal problems, every individual deals with them differently,I am not belittling the importance of what is distracting a person but, to all those people the sky is just as beautiful, the rainbow that has just appeared after that nuisance of a downpour is every bit as gorgeous, the cute little dog that just walked past, the cheeky toddler in a pram just waiting for your eye contact so they can try out their brand new, 'Hiya' they have just mastered!
I have watched people walking along the opposite towpath, the sun set has been stunning and they don't even lift their heads to see? I want to shout, "Oi look at that sun set, your missing it"! For fear of being locked up, I don't!
I suppose if I really stop and think, not everybody sees things as I do, and as always it is down to personal choice. Some people, namely me, can lose themselves in a sun set or a rainbow when there are more pressing things I should be dealing with, things that others would find far more important, to them anyway, things they will miss that rainbow for. Maybe I have my priorities so wrong, but I feel safe in the knowledge that these wonderment's of nature are not, and will never be, wasted on me! Is it since I have had the boat or have I always been the same?
I vividly remember playing as a child in the garden and using my imagination to play my little games. The Red Hot Poker flowers growing in the garden that I would pick bits from and put them in water and pretend it was a gold fish in a pond or lake!! All that mattered to me in that instant as a child were these little fish that I had created, my imagination held no bounds! I loved to get lost in it all.....as I do now as an adult, not that I play pretend gold fish anymore, I now have real fish and water to look at!!
I also love to lose myself in my writing, stuff and nonsense as I often call it! I often like to stop the world and get off, just to be in my world and not have to share this world with anybody, just for a short time. I then have to run to catch up with the real world once again, I liken it to seeing a person running after an old fashioned bus, you know the ones with the open ended back deck, I just grab the pole in time and drag myself back to reality, just in time to immerse myself into mundane, ' Have to do's' like work and chores!!
I will never lose sight of the fact I have a charmed life. For all the moaning I do, and believe me I do, at times, a mean female version of Victor Meldrew, I know I am a truly lucky person. Lucky in the fact I haven't had some of the horrendous traumas people have had to endure, traumas that maybe sadly diminish their ability to find wonderment in the simple things. I have lost people, as we all have, close family like my Dad, my Nan Grandad Grandma and friends and my little Dog, who have been taken far too early, all of which leave a deep sadness that you have to learn to live with, otherwise the gift you have of life that was whipped away from those you have lost, is wasted on you....
Now I ask myself, what brought all this on? In all honesty I have no clue, I just wanted to write what was in my head, so I did, because I can!
I love my days off, I love my selfish, 'Debbie Days'. I love writing things down. I wonder if in years to come people will come across this blog, read it and think, what a nutter. I do hope so!! It will have all been worthwhile!
Changing the subject somewhat, my fire door has been re glazed and re roped, so Dan will pick that up for me Tuesday, I can then have my stove lit when on the boat. I just need to reseal the fire, put my new chimney in place then jobs a gooden! My central heating has come in handy while my fire has been out of commission, but you can't beat the wood burner, to be honest it hasn't really been needed up to now the weather has been so mild. I still look forward to lighting my first fire for Winter, even after ten years of doing it!
Right I really must go get that 'real world' bus there is one due any minute! Needs must, I really do have chores to do, besides there are no Rainbows to look at right now! Then again the sun has just come out, the view from the side hatch is stunning......late for the bus again!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
So from being all tatty and dirty in Mum's garage, painted and cut down to fit, it finishes off the galley perfectly!
I love revamping things, you just get so much satisfaction out of seeing the transformation.
I have since added little led fairy lights around the shelf, it will look nice and cosy for the winter!
Talking of winter, my fire is in urgent need of a revamp, it needs new glass and rope, new liners and the fire cement around the joints needs replacing, not to mention a new chimney for the roof! I will then give it a good clean and paint with stove paint, pictures of progress in another post! Luckily I have gas central heating as a stand in until the fire is up and running!
Well, it is a pleasure to blog
again on my new laptop, hopefully I will post at more regular intervals!
Talking of boat stoves, don't they look sad and dreary in the summer when not lit, sitting in the corner looking all dark and dismal.....I decided to do something about that a few years ago. I put fairy light string balls in there with weather cones and whatever else I fancy, it just gives it a bit of life in the summer months, they can easily be removed and put away when
it is time to light the fire!
Looking forward to cosy winter nights, in with Dan on the boat.
After ten years with Tickety Boo, the novelty still hasn't worn off, I love everything it involves, every season has it's magic! I now have someone to share that magic with...
Saturday, May 31, 2014
New looks all around at the minute. Firstly, do you remember the Bridge by my moorings?
Not looking too good…….but now…..
The company who did the repair to the bridge have done an absolutely brilliant job, and as you can see it is back to the way it was before. I was fearful at one stage that it would never be the same again!!
Now to the next, “new look”…Tickety Boo, readers of my blog will be all too aware of my leap of faith, taking up a paint brush and painting the woodwork cream! Now I know a lot of you will have thrown your hands up in despair at the thought, but after a lot of thought I took the plunge and……I LOVE IT !! Not exactly cream, the dreaded Magnolia. As I have been working to, as always, a tight, very tight budget, Magnolia was on offer and cheap. I wanted a plain colour, kind of a blank canvas really. My curtain material was chosen, and from that I chose a lovely Duck egg blue/green for my kitchen units. Finally it is all coming together….slowly!
Before the Magnolia onslaught!….
My Grandma’s old Scullery chair above, and right, I wanted pink accessories to warm up the cool Duck egg Blue!
My friend Mark kindly extended the back for me, so it will fit on the slanted cabin wall. This too will be painted Duck egg, and will go on the wall opposite the sink in the Galley when finished! I have just applied first primer coat, just about to apply second primer, then tomorrow the colour, the best bit!! I have had the bottom shelf cut off and the sides shaped so it will fit where I want it. Photos to follow when all done!
So as you can see I have been busy, busy but really happy with the new look Tickety Boo! Dan and I have a weekend together next week, so we are off out on the boat, it has been way too long since I last took her out, she will start taking root soon!!
Oh just on a bummer note…..my tv blew the other night, so I have a tv free life at the minute…..mmmmm can’t make my mind up if it’s a bad thing or good? I still have my faithful laptop though, so keeping busy watching stuff on Netflix for now. I am hooked on Breaking Bad, so not missing tv too much just now. A new tv however, is top of my priority list!!
Finally, I couldn’t resist this little plaque…
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I have been deleting items on my lap top. On doing so I deleted my bookmarks, one of which was my Blog. I Googled, Life Afloat On Narrow Boat Tickety Boo, to bookmark it again, only to find a blog that’s blatantly taken snippets from my blog to use on their site, so annoying!! Why? They are my words chosen to describe my Blog and Posts? Ahh well I will just take it as a compliment that they have stolen them, as they think my writing is better than anything they can come up with.. Buggers!!
On brighter note, Spring has sprung!! Not so as you would notice by the temperature! All the other signs are here though, Ducks mating, daffs and other Spring bulbs making an appearance, crisp blue skies with brilliant white clouds…and if I am up early enough, the Bunnies brave enough to graze the grass on the opposite towpath, lovely!
Today is my first day of nine days off work!! I don’t need to tell you workers out there how good that feels!! Unfortunately we can’t go out on the boat, which is very frustrating…here’s why….
Before and After….
The bridge at the end of our mooring is being repaired, a huge job, fascinating to watch, but I hate to see the normally tranquil Canal looking like this. Hopefully it will all be back to the way it was soon!
So, back to my nine days off! Tomorrow my youngest gorgeous little Munchkin, Darcy, is having her first Birthday party! I am looking forward to it sooo much, as all the family will be there, so it will be a lovely day! Danny is coming with me to make it even nicer!
For those of you who don’t know, Danny and I have been seeing each other for just on a Year, I would just like to know where he has been all my life? He says I am a breath of fresh air, ( he so must have been living in smog a while)!! He too is my breath of fresh air and we are very happy….ask us at the end of the week after we have spent 24/7 together, if that is still the case!!
Joking aside, I am looking forward to some well earned quality time with my Man !
Without getting too mushy, this quote I found on good old Face book sums it all up really….
Danny is my someone…..thank you Ding….just for the record, it’s your turn to make the coffee!!
Ooohhh just realised, I hold my hand up for being a bit of a hypocrite using this quote on my blog, my thanks to the original Author whoever you are, I give you full credit for these words. Pity my thief didn’t thank me for mine….