New Year, New Start
Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope you all had a great time and I wish you all the very best for 2009. Given all that is happening in the world perhaps this will be a year in which people will begin to realise that building a boat isn’t so crazy after all! I have a question though, where did the time go!? It seems unbelievable that a month has gone by without any work being done on the boat. I would never have planned to take such a long break and part of me regrets the time lost, but for the most part it was unavoidable and the part that wasn’t I did anyway because I felt like I needed a period of R&R. I’ll have to work hard to recoup the loss but I feel recharged and eager to get cracking so in the long term I think I’ll look back and judge that I made the right decisions. After the turmoil of last year I hesitate to make any predictions for 2009 and my third year of building but I really hope that with stable employment and the right mindset it will be the year when Gleda finally starts coming together and the end begins to loom into view. As Creed said to me recently “one more Christmas and then the next one can be celebrated aboard Gleda!”Well that’s a great thought to hang onto but it’s an ambitious target, we’ll see.
The weather isn’t helping me get back into the groove. We’ve been locked into sub zero temperatures for some days now, far colder than last winter and any epoxy work is out of the question. I spent a few hours at the barn today cleaning up and doing a re-familiarisation exercise as it’s been so long since I did anything! I have made a list of next actions and tomorrow I’m going to sit down with the plans and make a proper sequenced work list for the next stages. I also did a stock take of my timber and will need to make up an order list as I don’t have enough stock to move into the next phase. If this cold weather continues I’ll have to concentrate on timber work.