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  1. Malanka

    Never Ending Story

    Oh I forgot to mention we are going to revamp the galley too. Full size oven and separate hob unit. Achieved by moving the cooker forwards of where it is ( into the gangway) nice curved worktop to smooth the lines and Fannie is your auntie. Cant wait for that either M
  2. Malanka

    Our Time In Switzerland

    Wow what an amazing journey. Enjoy whilst still young was my fathers motto too. Wise words M
  3. Malanka

    Our Time In Switzerland

    It’s on the list but not for at least 5 yrs more. Too much left to do. We are seriously looking at properties in Norfolk and Suffolk at the moment for future retirement potential and rental income in between. I am jealous but it’s just not me YET, close but no banana. M
  4. Malanka

    Never Ending Story

    Oh my goodness! Finished, what’s that. I can’t say finished without mentioning the dreaded word. VARNISH Last restoration parts refers to big boat bits. Internal varnish is like the forth road bridge , a true “never ending story” M
  5. Dear All, Just a quick five minutes to let you all know something and explain why we haven’t been on the forum much since August. The firm I work for has been bought by another American firm and as a result our time in Switzerland may be coming to an end. Justin will complete his International Baccalaureate in June next year and then we ( Fiona and Myself) will be free to go wherever the employment takes us. we have lived outside the UK for 15 years now and we must admit To beginning to desire a return to blighty. We will of course go wherever the wind blows and enjoy our next adventure. We would also like to thank everyone for their condolences on the passing of my mum. For those interested in such things she died suddenly and unexpectedly from meningitis aged 86yrs. The family are well, Christian graduated from UEA with a 2:1 in international development. He is working now and on his way to complete independence. Eliza will be 1 in a few weeks, she is now walking very well indeed and even has a few words as well. Helena will be returning to Canterbury in October to continue her studies in Animal Science. After his IB Justin intends to read Military History and Politics in the UK before embarking on a career within the UK military. So it’s all go and all change chez nous, which for those familiar with our comings and goings is pretty par for the course. Many many thanks to you all for a magnificent summer in which we met up with many new friends and supped large with ones of old. This year we did many new things and enjoyed every minute with friends old and new. Next year it’s that bloody bridge or bust.... See you all afloat. Martin Fiona et al.
  6. Malanka

    Never Ending Story

    Dear all, Drip leak has been repaired on the fuel pump, full engine service performed and new, less dentist waiting room LEDs, fitted in the saloon. We will be out from the 13th October please feel free to drop in and say hi. The party will be Fiona myself and the two aireloons. We may head south depends on weather , may just cruise about ooop north. We do intend to play as many two pence machines as we can and just have fun. This will be our last cruise before the top is effectively ripped off Malanka and new stuff done. We are anxious to enjoy our cruise but also apprehensive about the last restoration parts. Kind of we know it has to be done BUT. It’s a major investment but we think worth it. Martin Fiona Boris and Monty.
  7. Malanka

    Never Ending Story

    OK just a quick update following the summer cruises. New batteries worked a treat and we didn't come near low or no power available for the fridge. Less successful were the LED lighting. "Warm white" was the description, major surgery operating room is more like it. Oh dear back to the drawing board with less "glaring" harsh tones is required. Phil says he has some so let's see what they look like. Currently the lady is having her injector pump repaired as there was a very very slow drip leak, more noticeable as a smell really, and an full engine service in preparation for the autumn cruise.
  8. Malanka

    Diesel Stench

    Just as an afterthought, birds die from ingesting the oil in an effort to clean themselves which is why making it sink into the water where bacteria can deal with it is the preferred option😉. Nobody likes crude oil spills and to imply or infer otherwise is rediculous in the extreme, but frankly to compare diesel oil smells with crude oil spills and seabirds coated in the foul stuff, is to put it mildly a little crude. If one needs a hammer to make the point is it much of a point to make in the first place? Maybe in fact it was but one loses any support or credibility when anyone uses a completely over the top and quite inaccurate analogy. Quite similar in some respects to what is happening in daily politics and news media in the uk I believe. The standard of which gets lower every time I watch it. Even watching F1 this afternoon some moronic half educated presenter was describing an amount of people ? What is that supposed to mean ? I despair and will disappear down my little hole and stay there .
  9. Malanka

    Visitor Toll

    It’s the same stuff I use to remove luggage stickers from the back of my phone when I travel. I don’t use paper tickets so it makes sense. Also safer than a boarding card. M
  10. Malanka

    Visitor Toll

    Sticky stuff remover and a light plastic pan scourer works great in removing till plaque glue. Thank god we don’t have them anymore. I became quite adept at exactly placing the new one directly over the old one. No need for glue removal ... simples
  11. Malanka

    Diesel Stench

    What detergent does is either form an emulsion of oil and water which is usually temporary or it encapsulates the oil in little globular shaped spheres which allows bacteria present in all water systems to break it down to its constituent parts. The most famous example is deepwater horizon where due to the actual sea floor leaking oil for millennia the level of oil eating bacteria was thousands of times more than the doom mongers would have you believe. Consequently the oil was gone many times more speedily than other spills. Detergents are of course modified oils in the first place . If anyone remembers the spill from a tanker in the Highlands and Islands the same thing occurred helped by very very strong winds. Oil is not the devils liquid as portrayed by extreme tree huggers, same goes for mercury and other demonized materials. Yes the human body contains enzymes capable of metabolizing mercury. Go figure huh !!!
  12. Malanka

    Tudor Reformation

    Nice toilet. Did I mention it’s a toilet. Soon be full of sh1* M
  13. Malanka

    Why I Just Love This Forum

    Er Timbo / Timmy darling, that's what the tender is for mate....Ours has high chairs and push chairs at the moment, along with other assorted bits and bobs.
  14. Malanka

    Beccles Wooden Boat Show

    Thank you Pauline. In a slightly lighter vein she actually passed from a meningitis infection, so died in her sleep fighting heroically, not giving up without a fight which I knew was her greatest fear!
  15. Malanka

    Beccles Wooden Boat Show

    Well, what can I say, we had a wonderful time at the show, Fiona's heated towel rail went down a treat and quite a few more are going to be fitted it seems. A special commendation certificate was awarded to Malanka for which she is suitably proud. The open boats were so good and simply inspirational, the work done and the hours required takes ones breath away. The CinC was fun as always, mooring evolutions were easily completed despite the strong breeze and to see so many woodies all in the same place was a sight not to be missed. The company was stellar and the comeraderie was amazing, thanks guys we felt really welcomed by you all. The evening barbeque was fun and the chat was good too. All in all a fitting way to spend the weekend. We wanted a suitable end to the week as last Saturday morning my mum sadly crossed the bridge to join my father who has been waiting 25 years for my mum to join him. They are now peacefully reunited forever. We felt the weekend with boats and people which she loved as much as we did would be a suitable tribute to her long and happy life. Goodbye mum, or au revoir, we remembered you in style. Thank you everyone we had a lovely time. Martin and Fiona
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