It's Denise's birthday today, so we have been spoiling her... She's had cards, flowers, chocolates and some other presents. We haven't let her have too much of an easy day of it though as she has been outside cleaning the hire boats and looking after the Tearoom as and when necessary. She's like our mother hen round here and always looks after us all, not to mention keeping us fed and watered!
I know Ange mentioned that Pacific was coming on well yesterday, but it is now really taking shape. The varnishing has been finished today, the brass fittings are all up, Ange is in the process of hanging the curtains and Mick has serviced the toilets and reinstalled them today. The carpet and cushion flooring is being laid tomorrow, so I should be able to get you some photographs next weekend to give you a taster of just how well she looks.
Talking about hire boats - Quince is now available for viewing on our website, as are all the other hire boats here http://www.norburywharfltd.co.uk/narrow-boat-hire/.
I was out in Birmingham for my friends 18th birthday last night. We had dinner in Jimmy Spices; which is most definitely my favourite restaurant. It is just out the back of Gas Street basin at what is called Regency Wharf. The site was once a canal basin, but was filled in and now houses a host of different restaurants although the original entrance bridge from Gas Street basin still remains. Following dinner, we ventured to a couple of bars on Broad Street with a last drink in the Tap and Spile before heading home. It was a great night out and I forget that such a vibrant and multicultural city is right on our doorstep - I much prefer going by boat though!
We've had another productive weekend. Bernard has completed the service on Bounty and has (amongst other jobs around the yard) started servicing the engine on Quince. She required a new drive plate so the gear box has had to be removed.
Mick has now started servicing the gas appliances and doing the gas tests on the hire fleet. Mike has done some Boat Safety examinations. We've been doing quite a few Boat Safety Scheme examinations recently.
Buffer is now under offer, which leaves us just six boats for sale at the moment which can be viewed here http://www.norburywharfltd.co.uk/boats-for-sale/, but don't fret, we have got some more stock in it's way to us. Don't forget that our Brokerage rates are excellent, just 5% + VAT (terms and conditions apply).
That's it from me today.
Best regards, David.