Monday, 26 January 2009

The thrones, but not the toilet kind

Let me introduce you to our chairs, they've been an integral part of the boat ever since it was fitted out. As you can see they're those recliner jobby's and just like a nice firm bed supports the back. In fact these chairs have been of great support to our bottoms all round.
 
But alas, the time has come to bid a fond farewell. Why? Well the leather's beginning to split in places and a hole has appeared in the arm on one of them, I tried sewing it up but it didn't work. I have to say they look pristine in these first two photos in an attempt to prove us wrong...
 
That's mine on the left, and his on the right. It's funny how we all have a favourite chair to sit on isn't it? I mean even with a settee there's a "favourite" side...
 
Anyway, whatever kind of statement they're trying to achieve above, this is the sad reality, and no it's not muck...

 
So, tis a shame to say the time has come,, we need something new to park our bum's on...

We decided to replace the chairs with a two or three seater settee a while ago, but for some reason it's taken us a few months to do anything about it. I suppose it's because we've had a shopping splurge recently, so while the chairs haven't actually collapsed on us they've had a temporary reprieve...
 
There's a big "furniture warehouse" about four miles from the boat, yet another place with "70% off in the sale" plastered across the windows.
 
So Dave suggested we go there this aft for a "look round" and for us this usually translates to buying if we see the right thing, but not this time. Talk about over-priced and sub-standard, jeez where did the 70% go? Had we got it wrong? It was more like a "70% ON sale."
 
We had to laugh, what a rip off. There were loads of fabric settees with MASSIVE flowery patterns on them, which would be just perfect for "Aunty Beatrice." On the other end of the scale, there seemed to be plenty of designer stuff for the "upwardly mobile" professionals. So that explains why we couldn't find anything then. Ahem, we're not quite in the same league as Aunty Beatrice and her sunflowers yet either.

However, there was one leather settee that was REALLY NICE. Just the right size, lovely and comfy, looked GREAT and came in at £999, with a measly £50 off. So it was time to walk out because we'd get something similar at DFS (Dodgy **"Flippin"** Sofa's) for half the price.
[** ** That could be a different F word, but I won't use it here.]

I tell a lie about coming back empty handed, we did come back with something. Dave called in at Tesco for a paper, and I got us a new washing up bowl because the other one had gone a funny shape...
 
So in a nutshell: We went out to get a leather settee, and came back with something to wash the pots in. (Figures).
 
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IHang on a minute, there's a strange woman just walked down the jetty at the side of our boat! She leaned over the bow at the front and shouted "OOO it is big isn't it" to a guy (who stayed on the pier looking decidedly uncomfortable).
 
There's two other widebeam's nearer to the (security?) gate, so why walk past them and nosy at ours? Oh the cheek of it. I've just had a look out the back cabin and someone is politely telling them that if they aren't visitors, then they shouldn't come through the security gate. OK, so it was open because someone was going in and out with stuff. But it has got a BIG sign on it stating:
 
"Moorers and visitors only."
 
All someone needs to say is a surname or the name of a boat to anyone and they would be politely guided there. The "inquisitive factor" doesn't bother me out on the canals at all, but that was ignorant and invasive. {Humph} I personally wouldn't have the gall to walk down a private pier for a nosy.

Maybe people don't realise it's the equivalent (in house terms) of someone standing in your garden. Then looking through your front room window, and making comments about the decor with no intention of speaking to anyone inside. It's just not the done thing with anyone’s property.
 
On the other hand if it's someone who reads my blog, and wants to pay a visit to see us, genuine visitors are always welcome for a chat and a cup of tea. Now that is the way it works...
 
Rant over...

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