I didn't know if I am doing this "right" however I really wanted to get some words down and write about my memories and things I like/love/know about wooden boats..houseboats..and all that.
All this has been triggered off by reading the blog here "Following the Pied Piper"....taking in Graeme's words..looking at his photos has rekindled my love of the sea and older boats..
I live across the road from the whalf here in Thames NZ..I can see the masts of the boats up on the hard..I go over there in my wheelchair and I breathe in the sea /fuel/paint smells and I am back as a small child with my father in the heat of the sun,our boat in a cradle up the creek behind the Meadowbank railway...I loved the look of the keel all rubbed down,the smell od the salt sea in the sun amongst the mangroves..it was my safe place..the only safe place.
On sunday I googled "Vagrant" boat from Auckland NZ..and up came the repair shop and many photos of her...
I can't express how it feels..however I suspect many of you will know anyhow..
now I need to save this and see if I can work out how to get my photos of the Vagrant on here..