Wednesday 24th October 2012
Not a great day. When we got up this morning there was hope that work could start on the mods to the boat.
However the yard appeared to be deserted apart from the two other boaters who live here on site.
Before setting off for a walk into town we checked to make sure we wouldn't be locked out when we returned. Assurances were given that we could get in, so off we went. We decided to take a different route to town which took us over the footbridge across the weir. It's a great view, and well worth doing. While on the bridge we met another of our temporary neighbours who assured us again that access shouldn't be a problem, but if all went pear shaped there was a way in at the back, but it was a bit difficult.
When we got back, sure enough, the gates were locked and we couldn't raise anyone to open up.
I walked around to the previously mentioned back "door" to find that I could climb the fence, albeit with difficulty, but on the other side there was a large mound of very soft earth which looked as if I needed wellies to negotiate. Luckily I managed to get the attention of one of the neighbours at this point so he went around and opened for us.
Later in the afternoon I started to fit the new kitchen tap I'd bought from ebay. A bit of a disaster on that front. The darn thing doesn't fit, and I think it's because of the manufacturing tolerances. I have fitted two other taps on this sink over the years and they all have the same style of clamp into a single hole, as does this one, but the radius,(diameter?) of the fittings (clamps and hoses together) is very slightly greater than the hole in the sink, so it won't fit. Back to the old one for the time being.
Maybe tomorrow the yard will get on with our work.
PS We now have a gate key!