31st December 2011
I was in Ghent in he morning to visit a friend. While I were there, he asked me to start his little Lister engine. Something went wrong and while turning, I hit myself badly with the hand crank handle... After the hospital visit, it realised I was very happy. A little fracture in the nose and a swollen face...
The evening was much better, celebrating with the neighbours!
28th December 2011
The last two days I worked on the Hornblower, cleaning the engine room.
25th December 2011
A Merry Christmas to everyone!
22nd December 2011
My ex neighbour from Sluiskil who has a commercial barge is coming over for the Christmas period with his barge and family. It will be a great Christmas period!
24th december 2011
Friends called me they had seen some nice ships coming to Bruges. They recommended me taking the car and have a look at them, so I did.
It was a Steilsteven built in 1906 at the Boelwerf in Temse and a spits barge from 1893 built in Bruges. Both ships are restoration projects.
21st December 2011
It has been raining for over a week. Water level has raised and lowered on different times. It has been a difference of nearly two meters between low and high water. This means we have to adjust our ropes nearly every day. When the water is on its highest point, rubbish that has been floating around gets stuck on the wooden supports on land. We need to clean this. If we don't, it starts smelling badly!
11th December 2011
Google Streetview can be a good utility to track down some boats...
9th December 2011
I had to be in Leuven for a concert in the evening. I decided to get their a bit earlier to look for some houseboats.
8th December 2011
There was another meeting of the board of Vlaamse Woonschepen. This time it was on the Watergeus. If only we had enough money, we should have our own barge as a club house...
7th December 2011
I mainly worked with t&g on the Hornblower. If you like this kind of style, it goes quickly and gives a nice finishing touch!
5th December 2011
Just did some more work on the Hornblower.
3rd December 2011
On Thursday I bought some sheets of steel for the engine room of the Hornblower. On Friday I went to Rotterdam for the watertanks and fittings.
Today I painted the bathroom. Owning a boat also means driving around to collect some pieces. It is very hard to convert a boat without owning a car.