1528Hrs – Positive Outlook
Firstly my heartfelt thanks to:
- Ann & Neville
- Marc (In Paris)
- Bob Bois
- Chris Harrell
As always you guys never let me down. Your suggestions, comments and encouragement are priceless to me and when Gleda is launched you will all have played a part in getting her on the water. Thank you.
Its been an intense few weeks and whilst I have neglected Gleda I haven’t been idle. This blog is not the place for details but suffice to say that my mind is much clearer regarding my long term plans for finishing the build and getting out there. As my last blog made clear I’d got to the point where I was losing sight of the goal and doubting my ability to get there. I couldn’t see a way forward and I felt deeply frustrated. I’m pleased to say that I’ve regained my focus and now have a clear plan. It necessitates a slight change of emphasis for the rest of this year and accepting the reality that I won’t make as much progress on Gleda as I had hoped, but it’s all for the greater good and doing these things now will lay the foundations for years to come. I have a new inspirational quote pinned above my computer.
If you’re willing to do for a year what others won’t, you can do for a lifetime what others CAN’T
That sums up how I will be working for the next year and mark my words, things will be very different this time next year!
So, having had the longest period away from the build without being away on holiday, it felt a little strange to get back to the barn and to try and pick up where I’d left off. Ah yes, those bloody tumble homes. Well at least some time away had calmed me down a bit and I was able to look at them fresh and apply some rational thinking to the problem. It took a while but I now have one set dry fitted correctly and to an acceptable standard. I worked on the port inboard set having taken note of Jacques comments that there is a bit more leeway with the inboard ones as they are virtually hidden once the beams and deck go on. Taking my time and using the water level I got them fitted nicely and was able to re-cut some of the original panels to minimise wastage. If you look closely in the photo you should be able to see how the top edge of the panels lines up nicely with the horizontal lines of the brickwork in the barn wall. To use the old adage again ‘if it looks right it probably is right’. It looks right to me!
It’s now my intention to get some sort of balance back into things and to try and mix in some reasonable building time with my other activities. We’ll see how that goes. Either way whether I’m working physically on Gleda or not I can guarantee that I’ll be working hard on something that makes the future much brighter.