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Archive for May 21st, 2015

The Odyssey 2015: Almost…..

Posted by indigodream on 21 May, 2015

Saturday 2nd May

Indigo Dream - down to the bare bones!

Indigo Dream – she’s been down to the bare bones!

The Odyssey – finally! Well, almost..

Indigo Dream is almost cruise-worthy – still an irritating number of snags but not so many that we couldn’t move this weekend – what a relief.

We set off from Surrey early on Saturday with this season’s Indigo Dreamers – Archie Beanz, Henry Beanz and Herbie Beanz with resident old boy Ollie. Ty is exempt from cruising this year – he suffers on board and the Beanz love it, so we’ll probably be swapping dogs all summer! Ollie’s cruising days may also be numbered as he’s getting a bit frail and has a mystery problem with his parathyroid gland (long long story), but for now the best place for him is with us.

We had considered getting away today, but when we got to the boat we found some snags that needed immediate attention, we had a lot of new storage to install and fill, and I needed to get to a supermarket to restock our cupboards, which were completely bare after I condemned everything that had been living in our damp cupboards all winter.

We decided to stay put and start afresh in the morning…

All snug now - we even bought a new sofa (on the internet) but the seat was so hard we had to have an emergency purchase of a topper so that the greyhounds could lie in comfort!

All snug now – we even bought a new sofa (on the internet) but the seat was so hard we had to have an emergency purchase of a topper so that the greyhounds could lie in comfort!

Just as well because we had a few dramas to deal with – all involving Herbie hound!

Firstly, Herbie stole a doughnut off the counter – not a problem except that immediately afterwards he fell into such a deep (and happy!) sleep that I wondered whether he’d fallen into a sugar coma! I needn’t have worried, he woke up in time for a walk with Richard while I got their dinners ready. But when Herbie came in he had a new lump on his cheek, which grew and grew until it was the size of a small walnut! Cue call to the emergency vet – the consensus was that he was reacting badly to a sting and would need observation and an antihistamine. But the antihistamines I had on board were not dog-friendly, so off we went to Sainsbury’s (again) to the very handy late night pharmacy. Of course, by the time we got back, Herbie’s lump had disappeared!!!

After all this, I decided not to cook and we ordered a Chinese – while we were out collecting it, Herbie stole a whole hot chicken off the counter! Chicken wrestling with Herbie is a popular sport in our house, so Richard was able to get most of the mangled remains away from him. A close forensic examination showed that he’d managed to eat the leg bones, including the nasty needle-like pin bones. I though it would be impossible for a hound to look both immensely pleased with himself and slightly dyspeptic but Herbie managed it πŸ™‚ I kept him under close observation in case of acute chickenbone-itis, but he was absolutely fine – crime pays!

My goodness, after all that excitement, I was so glad to get to bed – but not until we’d enjoyed a DVD – “Monuments Men”. We’ll need to replenish our DVD collection following the big sort out πŸ™‚

Photoblog:

A lot of the work we’ve had done over the winter was remedial, so the boat doesn’t look vastly different inside, but we have added a few new features…

Our new water gauge -wonderful!

Our new water gauge – wonderful!

New decking - we got to the point over the winter that we'd spent so much on the main infrastucture we may as well spend a bit on the finishing touches too :-)

New decking – we got to the point over the winter that we’d spent so much on the main infrastructure, we may as well spend a bit on the finishing touches too πŸ™‚

Our new decking has a bottom layer of decking tilesfor drainage (but too hard on houndie feet) and a top layer of foam tiles (very nice to stand on). I've no idea ow hard wearing the top layer will be, but the whole combo was pretty cheap (all tiles on special offer).

Our new decking has a bottom layer of decking tiles for drainage (but too hard on houndie feet) and a top layer of foam tiles (very nice to stand on). I’ve no idea how hard wearing the top layer will be, but the whole combo was pretty cheap (all tiles on special offer).

New rails with hooks and baskets from Ikea - so handy :-)

New rails with hooks and baskets from Ikea – so handy πŸ™‚

Extra large horn - bought for us by a yacht sailor who went to a shop more used to selling equipment for alerting ferries to the presence of small boats in the Solent - it is LOUD!

Extra large horn – bought for us by a yacht sailor who went to a shop more used to selling equipment for alerting ferries to the presence of small boats in the Solent – it is LOUD!

 

 

 

 

 

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