Monday, January 31, 2011

Kom maar op!

On my way to the hospital to get my thumb unstitched.
Advice from the family cowboy, 'Just be brave, Dad.'

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bathroom 2.0

This weekend we have started work on a new bathroom.
Because we plan to build the second one before dismantling the first, we'll soon have a house full of bathrooms and nowhere for the dining table.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dough machine

Em and Jip make pizza dough.
At six they have to be at the sailing club for the second junior theory evening with our top trainers Thomas Slijkhuis and Jelmer van Beek.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Left handed bookkeeping

Doing the bookkeeping and getting my tax return in for the last quarter of 2010.
Another single handed job done.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Finding myself jobs that can be done with one hand, like varnishing a couple of Claudia's lovely cupboards.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Take your time Concentrate. Think the whole thing through before you start.
Of course I know how I should go to work. That only makes me more angry at my own stupidity when I put the end of my thumb in the saw. Idiot!

Friday, January 14, 2011

One small step

There is so much technical stuff on the No Limit yachts that the carpentry has to fit round the cables, piping, motors, airco etc. and still end up looking as if that's what you wanted to do all along.
And fit together perfectly of course - which is why I've ordered a real pair of glasses.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What's for breakfast?

Eggs and baked beans on toast, marmalade and tea with milk.
30 years in The Netherlands this year; not completely English any more but not a Dutchman either by the look of breakfast.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The glasses advantage

Lying on my back, looking up mitre corners, sanding and scraping a fit, all the sawdust and shavings fall on my glasses and not in my eyes.
Maybe there's a maker of +2 safety glasses out there somewhere?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Another year older

OK, it's time to admit that I need glasses if I want to make my saw cuts millimeter perfect?
Now I have to find a pair of glasses that I can bump, sit on and generally misuse. It's that or buy ten pairs of 3 euro glasses at the Hema. Any ideas?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hungry birds

Em has been feeding the ducks and moorhens that have collected in a small opening in the ice under 'our' bridge.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bailing out

The ice in the dinghy has thawed enough to be thrown overboard and the new year's sun makes this a fun thing to do.