A busy morning on River Taxi duty was followed by an afternoon of preparing and fitting new chain plates on Lucy Morales; well fitting one chain plate to be precise. I ran out of colloidal silica (a filler to make epoxy resin a paste) and time - in that order. The results are pleasing, but the acid test will be when they come under load when the shrouds are re-connected. What fun!
Lynn and I had a visit to London to watch the Massed Bands of HM Royal Marines perform in the Royal Albert Hall. We had a meal with Les and Anna, and a visit to Camden Town enabled Lynn to buy some lovely wool. The Grand Union Canal runs through this area. We also took a trip to 'Accordions of London' where I found my next piano accordion - if the money can be found!
Easter holidays and once again I find myself driving vast distances on my birthday! We are off to see Hannah, Daniel and granddaughter Sophia, dropping Lyds off at Portsmouth to visit a friend and having sent Jules off to Snowdonia for some excitement. Dan (son) and Sarah joined us for a meal, and great fun was had with Sophia entertaining us.
If you have never visited Dartington Hall gardens, then I would recommend that if you can, you do; they are beautiful. A medieval jousting lawn, steps that just keeps going and delicate flowers vie with modern artistic creations to delight your every step.
One of the many jobs needing doing on Lucy Morales was to repair the rear locker (lazarette) fixings. The old hinge had pulled out of the fibreglass, so it was either a fiddly proper repair, or a dockyard bombproof job. I chose the bombproof option as you can see below.
I retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in 2007 having served for 33 years as a musician, eventually becoming a Director of Music and running my own band. After retirement, I took my family sailing in the Philippines with a view to sailing back to the UK via Australia. However, for many reasons our plans changed and after 9 years living in Dartmouth we have now moved to Totnes.I am married to Lynn and we have four children. Daniel and his wife Sara live in Portsmouth; Hannah is married to another Dan and they live with our grandchildren Sophia, Isaac & Elijah in Topsham. Lydia is currently studying in Lancaster and Julia is Studying Art at Totnes, due to attend University at Falmouth in 2016. I teach music in the local school and work part time for the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority, driving the yacht taxi. Between this, directing the local orchestra, various musical performances, involved with the local church and helping train the local Ten Tors team, life can be very busy.