4th April 2017 – Exactly one month after putting the first support for the Library, it is now half way. I drove to the shop to get some more plywood. I’m surprised to see how much wood fits into a small Library room.
3rd April 2017 – While I continued working with wood, my mother painted the lifeboat and my father the hold. It goes much quicker with an extra pair of hands!
1st April 2017 – There is a small museum in Dordrecht, totally dedicated to the inland shipping. It is located aboard a pusher and a barge. It was surprisingly how much stuff they have and how good it was presented. There was a free guide who took his time to explain everything.
30th March 2017 – In the early morning I drove to the shipyard Carron in Zelzate where friends of mine have a ship. It is their last day out of the water. I’ve got a lot of stuff from this ship that will serve in my museum aboard Tordino.
There was a heritage meeting in the afternoon. I followed a few sessions and had an interesting afternoon.
29th March 2017 – Just did some more wood construction. Slowly getting there…
27th March 2017 – A lovely day for sitting outside, having a drink with friends and dream. Just what I’ve done this evening. I lifted a few sheets of plywood against the wall, but that was it for the day.
26th March 2017 – While my father started insulating the library, I cut the holes in the wall for the portholes. Since it is a maritime library, I want to give the feel and look of a ship.
Nice to have a working system. I check my generator once a week. While I was in the engine room, I noticed she had no oil left. I filled her, but it took some time before I noticed there was oil in the carter again. When she ran, oil ran out of the filter. There was a serious crack in the case of the filter. I replaced the filter and she ran again nicely. All the batteries were flat, so I will have to check more often!
25th March 2017 – My water containers arrived in the late afternoon. They were a little more heavy then expected. It was getting time since I couldn’t close the wall behind the Library. After the tanks were in position, I continued building the frame for the wall.
22nd March 2017 – The frame is nearly finished. A few more pieces to strengthen the four walls and I can start to insulate.
Insulation arrived today, 25 roles. Looks a lot until I opened a few packages. I hope to have enough for the Library room.
18th March 2017 – Still recovering from yesterday, I didn’t do that much today. Finished a bit of framing in the hold and helped a friend in Bruges fixing his wheelhouse.
8th March 2017 – One of the ships along our moorings was sold a few months ago. The new owner is converting his ship at the yard. he is extremely passionate about converting ships and we had a good chat. Looking forward to have more of these evenings!
18th March 2017 – A friend of mine lost his wheelhouse a couple of weeks ago. I quickly helped him putting a few sheets on so the cover doesn’t hang with rainwater.
17th March 2017 – Getting up early, driving to the yard, loading a wheelhouse, driving back and waiting for the crane and the toilet unit to arrive. This is briefly explained what happened today.
17th March 2017 – One of the best planned days of the last couple of years. Having to reply on three companies and several people to help you with moving a wheelhouse, toilet unit and a lifeboat! It was a great success today!
16th March 2017 – While I had to order a crane for the wheelhouse, it came to mind to order my toilet unit as well. This means I only had to order a crane once. I drove to Temse to have a look for these units. I found one at the right price and ordered it. They could still deliver it the next day, which was perfect. Talking about good service!
I drove to the yard where the wheelhouse was stored. I did some extra measuring to make sure it would fit on the transport. The cabin was 8cm longer then expected, but this was not a major issue to my driver.
Most of the afternoon, I was painting the hold to clear my mind and stop worrying whether everything would work out as planned.