24th July 2023 – If I ask myself where I spent most time this year, it will be behind my laptop and scanners.
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23rd July 2023 – In the afternoon I removed some more stuff like spare computers and tools. I slightly see some space becoming empty.
In the Library, I added another set of shelves for my books. I had one left at home, so I installed it. It gives me some more expansion space to add books before I start the conversion in September.
I added a rack in the office space to put the stuff that is now stored in boxes. One day, I will be organized…
In the evening I continued scanning, around 125 book covers are scanned so far.
22nd July 2023 – Another conversion of Tordino is being prepared. The front of the ship is a workshop and storage space. It will become an extension of the library. Therefore it needs to be empty first… I filled my care and barely noticed something was gone…
21st July 2023 – I spent most of the day scanning book covers and adding them to the inventory…
20th July 2023 – We had the chance to get over 400 books for our library. My car was over it’s maximum capacity, but we made it safely back home. All book covers will now be scanned before the books are available in our Library.
17th July 2023 – This evening we launched the Spuikom-1, a boat designed and built for rowing one of the lakes of the castle of Versailles. It now going to be used as a fishing boat.
17th July 2023 – I had to pick up some old post from the Watergeus. I was nicely surprised to see how they have arranged the ship, making it look like a vivid ship again. Flowers everywhere! The ship feels alive!
16th July 2023 – While scanning books and documents aboard Tordino, I had a few enthusiastic people. One of them restored a small Dutch barge for loading sand. It is now in a fully working condition. Very impressive to see! He gave me two books he wrote. They are a nice and very welcome addition to the library.
15th July 2023 – At lunchtime I started making a quick makeover of the old boat stored in a warehouse near Tordino. I quickly sanded down the wood, cleaned the hull and repainted the boat. There was some damage to the bow as well. This I tried sorting out with epoxy, my first repair ever with this product.
14th July 2023 – We sailed back from the yard. It had been a long time since I last sailed through the harbour of Ostend. It was a good and friendly service. In no time we passed two locks and two bridges had to open for us. Maybe something to do with the Stern somewhere in September…
9th July 2023 – While the museum was open I added some nice objects like a few bronze construction plates…
8th July 2023 – We drove to Dordrecht and Antwerp to get some new stuff for the museum, mainly small objects and some books. I also got two old doors from back accommodations of Spits barges.
6th July 2023 – The Djoey is being towed to a yard in Ostend. It was dry-docked in the afternoon. After a good inspection we found a few small issues and of course a missing propeller.
5th July 2023 – The ship is still moored in front of the lock, but the tug can’t make it to the location she is at the moment. The only solution was to tow her by hand through a lock and two bridges to get her back on her mooring. A good coordination and five people made the job very easy!
25th June 2023 – I had some friends visiting Tordino. They arrived yesterday evening with their tjalk and will stay until tomorrow. We had a few drinks, a good chat and a journey with the Djoey on the canal… A day well spent!