Sunday, February 08, 2009
In a matter of a few weeks - about seven in fact - I will be stopping work for a few months. Work as in teaching and anything for which I get paid. It's a little scary to think I won't have an income again until September, but that's one of the reasons I've been working so intensively recently. Hopefully it means I've truly earned myself the time off!
The purpose of the break is to do two things: firstly, I want to do some serious work on my Vereeniging. I'm determined to finish the interior (how many times have I said that these past months?). I started it last summer after having the steel put in the sides, and haven't got any further than putting up the wooden panelling over the new insulation. Then I also want to be able to paint it completely this year, instead of the bits and pieces I managed between the showers at the weekends last year. I have a stint on the slipway booked for the beginning May, and in theory, I should have a brightly shining little barge by the end of the spring. After that, I'm hoping we can do some travelling - by water, air and road. I've promised to visit my friend Marion in Spain for a long weekend (but I might do that earlier rather than later), and then Koos would like to go to Poland again, but this time together. I'd also really love to take the Vereeniging and do at least one trip to Utrecht and the canals for which it was built, and maybe we can drive down to France and find our Philip wherever he happens to be. Then of course, there's the Hennie H that needs some work, and Koos's Luxor too before he decides to sell it.
I'm so looking forward to the break I can hardly wait. There are books waiting to be read, music to be played and writing to be done too. Even so, the little house in Zeeland is also calling for some attention...so much to do! Will I fit it all into five months? I hope so. The way I'm planning things, the days will need to be twenty five hours long and some, and I may just find I'm being a tad too enthusiastic or at least over optimistic! Still, I'll do my best to make it worth it...I will, I will, I will!!