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  • Writer's picturePaula Dalton-Kirby

Rebuilding an old rowing boat - Summers Days

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Well its been a few weeks since my last blog as I managed to get 2 weeks back home to be with Darren and also to get married..........more about that later.

Today I would like to write about Summer Days for 2 reasons. 1 I am very proud of the work Darren has done to bring life back to an old lady we thought was non salvageable and 2 because I want to.

The old Rowing Boat

When we purchased our home it came with a 3 acre fishing lake - something Darren had always wanted. In the centre of the lake there is an island complete with a log cabin. Our only issue was getting to it. Money was limited so buying a boat was the last thing on our huge shopping list. We did come across a very old rowing boat which was buried under the woodland and came complete with a massive ants nest, just what we required. This never phased Darren and he set out to make a boat trailer so he could transport the old lady to his workshop for that well overdue TLC.

Darren's home made boat trailer

Off they went, to his man cave, never to be seen again.

This was a love hate relationship - one I know Darren loved more than he let on. With no knowledge of boat building, limited money, plus minimal products to complete the re build, Summer Days was born, and what a beauty she has become. She has now taken up residence on the lake for use by all of our guests, if its for a fishing trip or just a romantic champagne float.

Summer Days

You may ask, why Summer Days? Both were taken from our Grand daughters names - Franchesca Summer and Daisy Alice. Perfect choice.


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