Messing about on the River

Just over a week ago things were pretty quiet in the Warbeck & Cox office because we found ourselves of all places, bright and early in Chatham Docks.

Chatham Docks

Our mission – (a very exclusive invitation to boot) was to meet our good friend and collect his newly purchased and restored boat, taking her on her maiden voyage to her new home – a trip that would take 16 hours and see us sailing along the Medway and up the Thames, being stopped by customs (twice) on super speed boats and arriving in Battersea at, yes, wait for it…. 05.39 AM!

Found in pieces, centenarian Flika has had an overhaul of giant preportions by our friend and his fab team at the Turks Shipyard breathing a brand new lease of life into this beautiful barge. Infact, I think I will do another post just about the yard as there is so much to say about it.. so watch this space…. but here is the fabulous girl just before we set off.

& at the petrol station

A stranger to sailing on the open water (well, any water at all to be honest) I couldn’t believe how blissful lounging on deck was as the sun shone. The views were stunning and the sumptuous picnic feast was second to none. Infact, the whole adventure was like a dream …. and I don’t think anyone noticed that we had no running water or electricity in the excitement of it all!

The sunset was phenomenal – Pictured here with Sausage

as were the night scenes…..

Yes, this is London bridge at about 3.30 in the morning

& the London Eye

Once converted, this beautiful boat will have 4 bedrooms and will become their home….. to say we’re a little bit envious is an understatement.

Now which tea towels to give them as a house warming??………….

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A sunny day upcycling project

This weekend saw an unexpected amount of sunshine…. so it was decided that we would embark on a restoration project that has been looming over us for some time.

Unsold and unloved we happened to spot these benches in the car park of an auction house earlier this summer and thought we might be able to give them a loving home (and a new lease of life).  Making an offer there and then we were thrilled to be able take them home with us.

Armed with a stiff brush, a bowl of warm soapy water, some sandpaper, teak oil and some elbow grease we set to.

& even had some (un)helpful assistance from the Sausage.

Here is the finished piece.

All we have to do now is find somewhere for them to live!