It was another cold one last night. I took Annie out in thick frost this morning. It's how winter should be: with the grass across the field crunching underneath your feet. There wasn't a cloud in the sky as the sun came up, which soon took the temperature to above freezing, although only just above! Fred has been moaning that he has been cold all day, but he still stands outside in the cold at break time to have a cigarette, rather than stay in the warm and have one as he negotiates his way back down the dock - you can't teach an old dog new tricks!
Mick's been hard at work doing the electrics on one of our moorers boats today. Peter, along with his partner Nicky own a boat that was built back in the 1970s by Malcolm Braine. It is a good strong boat and they have been making some vast improvements. A traditional boatman's cabin has been fitted and earlier this week it was grained. I had an inspection yesterday and it really does look a treat. I'm not a great fan of modern boats; as my love and passion lies with historic boats, but I must say that it stands out against the crowd. I'm looking forward to a trip out on her when she's ready to go boating - first stop the Anchor!
Fred and Simon docked a boat this morning, which Fred has pressure washed and then he got on with some internal works on the hire fleet. Simon has been doing some jobs on the boats and has been replacing the bottom rudder bearing on Phoenix. Bernard has serviced another engine and been running the engine up on Sphynx, that we have recently had reconditioned.
That's it for today, have a good evening and we will catch up again tomorrow.