|One of the rare sunny days|
|Sim stripped down the oil cooler, pipes and heat exchanger - we are replacing the heat exchanger and repainting the rest.|
We have chipped away at our steel hull as best we can in awkward places with the chipping hammer. Ideally we would use the compressor and needle gun but the compressor is still on the blink and we are still waiting for parts.
Our friend Jim very kindly came and picked up our chain and anchor to be galvanised. So it’s all systems go.
But all work and no play make Sim and
(especially) Rosie very dull. So we took a very short vacation to see Jim,
Linda and Jennifer at their home near Apex in North Carolina. Apparently a relatively
short 3 hour drive away in local terms (Obviously not UK terms!). We hired a car (US$9.99/day – over the
weekend with Enterprise car rental – what a bargain – they even picked us up
and dropped us off for free - a 20 mile drive each time from their office to
Bock Marine) and we drove with cat (and all her paraphernalia) over to see our
friends. They live in a very rural and bucolic
setting amongst tall pine trees, just a few minutes’ walk from a lake. It was
the perfect antidote for a boatyard get-away.
|The kitty has been helping out when she can, or chasing giant spiders! Sim loads up Jims truck with our chain and anchor.|
Jennifer and clan introduced us to the delights of biscuits and gravy for breakfast - which in English terms translates to crumbled sausage meat in a white sauce over a greasy scone! - It was good!!
Jim cooked an amazing BBQ and then we had "smores" (a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between a piece of chocolate and a couple of graham crackers) around the fire.
They very kindly let us bring Ali with us - and the kitty and puppy became the best of friends......well almost ;-)
Jennifer teaches us a little archery - Sim pretends he is Robin Hood!
Jennifer shows me how it is done on the trampoline
Opus (we collectively refer to all our boat friends by their boat name) - have a very cool backyard.
This gorgeous walk is literally out their back door and hang a left down to the lake.
They even had a snake in their shed!!! - Yikes
The plate of slow cooked pork at the last supper!