Monday 2nd. June, 2014 – Waiting for rain that never came! 

We may not have achieved a great deal today but we did set up our new Wayfarer this morning, ensuring that we had all of the ‘bits’ and that everything worked. At the end of the process we were all absolutely delighted and went off and spent the rest of the morning drinking coffee and planning our sailing summer

Up as usual, walked Mix and enjoyed breakfast in the farmhouse. Tom arrived and both of us were bowed under the promise of ‘weather’ so we did a number of smaller jobs – fixing the gate (the catch was getting caught and not always closing as it should), looking at Olivetub (a little boat in need of a great deal of tender loving care) and spending a great deal of time setting up ‘Escapade’ our new Wayfarer (new to us that is). I wouldn’t have chosen the name Escapade but, thinking about it, it is really quite appropriate for getting this little boat is a bit of an escapade for us – totally against all reason, and quite inappropriate for us at our ages: but enormous fun.

Here are another couple of pictures of Escapade:

Wayfarer dinghies were designed by Ian Proctor in 1957 and are still going strong. Our Wayfarer is number 3034 and was probably built in 1972. It is still a Mark I Wayfarer but is one of the Wayfarers which is made of GRP rather than the traditional wood. As far as I can gather, purists prefer the wooden model for racing but the GRP is ideal for cruising. Our ambitions are entirely in the cruising sector -- lazy afternoon picnics in the sunshine with just a little wind to move us along -- so I think that we have been extremely fortunate to find this lovely boat

All packed up and ready to go sailing (well, once the mast has been lowered). Tom is delighted that we have this Wayfarer because it grew out of a model called a Bosun which Tom remembers well from his Navy days. The Wayfarer is a really forgiving boat capable of handling any weather which we are likely to encounter and able to cope with a complement of six people on board (although normally we will sail her with two)

After coffee and planning, Tom went home for lunch and to plant potatoes in the afternoon. I did some sorting out in the courtyard and fiddled a bit more with Olivetub before doing some research in the summer house. In the early afternoon Olive and Rachel set off for Berwick to choose some fabric for chairs in the farmhouse lounge and to collect Cathy who is coming down from Luss. As a result I was confined in the summer house with two dogs to care for. What a bonus – I was able to listen first to Durham against Middlesex at cricket from Chester-le-Street (how well Durham are doing so far – but rain is in the air) and then to chart Andy Murray’s victory in the French Open.

Cathy arrived and we all enjoyed tea together before dinner in the farmhouse after which Mum and Cathy joined us in the Granary to watch a television programme about Bannockburn followed by the News.

Cathy was pleased to see the progress which had been made both in completing the Loom Room in the Stables and in rebuilding the Loom. By the end of the week we hope to have wool on the loom and be ready to start weaving once more

Mix and I went for a walk before bed.


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