Starting the kitchen

I’m chuffed to say that I built my first pieces of furniture today. I arrived at the farm mid-morning and Eric was nowhere to be seen – I’d arranged to have a chat with him about what needed doing in what order, as I’d been feeling a bit chicken-and-egg about most of the jobs on my list. Can I build the kitchen until the water pipes and gas were in? Was there any point in doing anything until the wiring was done?

I sat on the sofa and stared into space for a few minutes, wondering what on earth to do. Then I realised no-one was going to do this for me. I got to work measuring and cutting plywood and pretty soon had a new bulk-head in place, to which the boiler could be fitted.

Bulk head for boiler
Bulk head for boiler

It was a gorgeous day and the farm was quiet. Dozens of swallows flitted about overhead as I worked, which was great because I’d just last week decided that my boat’s name would be just that: Swallow.

My mooring came with a nice long deck where I could work, and from the brambles and weeds at the back I managed to drag a rusty old workbench. Whoever this once belonged to: Thank you for not clearing away your old junk!

My new workshop
My fancy new workshop

The next things I needed were the cooker and sink units – even if they weren’t to be fit in place yet, I could still construct them. I used two packs of 4×4 timber and some bits of ply to build them and put the units together inside the boat.

Cooker stand
Cooker stand
Sink unit
Sink unit

I’ve trashed my poor little fingers in the process (kept sawing them…) and I still need to find some nice wooden worktops, but it’s nice to see things starting to take shape :)

Kitchen (well, the start of it anyway..)