Our conversion of a historic working barge into a home for us and four kids.
It was a lot of work, but he's justifiably proud of himself right now.
Beer o'clock then.
|We have only just heard and are very sad that Mike Gough was found dead in Faversham Creek just a week after we left dry dock. By all accounts, Mike seems to have died from a fall from the dock in the early hours of the morning. |
When we arrived at Faversham in September, Mike was the first person to greet us as we moored up next to Henry, the Thames Sailing Barge on which he lived. Mike was very welcoming and we will always remember him with fondness. He was only 55 and it's a terrible waste.
Rest in peace Mike. You were kind and eccentric and memorable.
|We're back home in Surrey and, much as we've loved our stay in Faversham, it's so good to be back.|
We finally floated out of the dry dock and said our goodbyes to new friends and old... as well as maybe to the Faversham dock that we've come to know so well as it looks like the Standard Quay may be closing for good in the near future leaving many people without work and traditional boat owners without a great resource of talented crafts people.
To see more about this tragic loss of infrastructure and heritage, see Richard Fleury's film "The Quay" http://vimeo.com/43394451
|We're all done, Thomas looks all shiney and new and we're ready to go. The tide is coming in, the valves are open and the dry dock is starting to fill up. We'll be afloat again by 2pm.|
Can't wait, it's felt so strange for Thomas not to be in the water.