16 March 2013 – St Leger- Preparing for the season


It’s still cold here with regular early morning frosts and flurries of snow, but the sun is shining in the day and the temperature is starting to climb, which has got the adrenaline racing and preparations are well under way for a departure in April.  Spring cleaning this week and we are due into the dry dock for a week in 2 weeks’ time.

VNF have been very active in the basin, repairing the lock gates so we can get out in April and washing out the dry dock so we can work in a clean space when we go in in a couple of weeks.


 A very efficient lock gate repair, all in a days work

The last time we went into this dry dock it was filthy and needed a days work just to work out of the mud.  This time when I booked the dock I asked for it to be cleaned without much expectation, however I must of asked nicely because a team arrived and spent the day cleaning to high standard. 

A joke to finish

A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said,

“Hey, I haven’t seen you in awhile.  What happened? You look terrible.”

“What do you mean?” said the pirate, “I feel fine.”

“What about the wooden leg?  You didn’t have that before.”

“Well, we were in a battle and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I’m fine now.”

“Well, o.k., but what about that hook?  What happened to your hand?”

“We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off.” 

“I got fitted with a hook. I’m fine, really.”

“What about that eye patch?”

“Oh, one day we were at sea and a flock of birds flew over.

I looked up and one of them shit in my eye.”

“You’re kidding,” said the bartender, “you couldn’t lose an eye just from some bird shit.”

“It was my first day with the hook.”


This post was written by Terry Barrett

Photographs by Tes


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