Well, it seems I have a blog. How unexpected. It's been a while since I did any of this online stuff, so be patient with me whilst I find my way around. To be honest, I would much rather be out in the sunshine (or rain, or wind, or hail) getting on with some work on the boat and the truck, but it's been brought to my attention that there might be some folks out there interested in what I do down here in the southeast corner of Cornwall ...
To cut a long story short, I am a painter, an artist, and I live on a 44 year old wooden fishing trawler named 'Albacore' which, inbetween painting, restoring my old truck, taking the dingy out for a potter on the water and drinking tea, I am attempting to convert into a liveaboard.
It's a long process, but I'm not in much of a hurry (life is to be lived in the moment, and at the moment it is sunny outside!) I bought Albacore in Ireland in 2011, with a view to shaking things up in my life a bit, and in that respect, she certainly did fill the criteria! I sailed her back to Cornwall and eventually ended up moored in a little boatyard in the area known as The Rame Peninsula, or The Forgotten Triangle of Cornwall. During the next couple of years I put a lot of work into her, cleaning out 40 odd years of prawn fishing detritus, which was an 'interesting' way to spend my time. I've lost track of all the injuries sustained but there is a colourful back catalogue of photographs which I'll dust off and post online one of these days.
Somewhere along the line, I acquired a girlfriend. I'm still questioning her sanity but she claims to be committed to the cause, and being an artist herself I think she enjoys the eccentric lifestyle. She's been blogging about the life here over at Creating Inspiration for a while now, so take a look for another point of view.
So, now that I'm here it is my intention to talk about life here on the boat, about the ups and downs of living an alternative life, about the day to day triumphs and disasters as work progresses, about what life is actually like living on a boat and being a bit outside of the mainstream, about painting, about the restoration of my 1941 Ford Truck, and about whatever else takes my attention. Mostly, it's about boats.
Meanwhile, there is work to be done ...
Old Rope Salvage