It looks like the canals will have a bit more water than anticipated, well that’s my forecast. There must be some shared benefit with all that rain that we are getting!
We have been at the
for 7 weeks, now, and now reap the benefits of our hard work getting AM
canal-worthy. We can move ourselves on water independently and AM is running
well! Indoors, we have transformed the what-was the galley / dinette, and the
lounge room berth into one room with a wide shelved floor to ceiling storage
space, a bright and functional galley (an IKEA solution) giving access to the
living /dining room (which will also turn into the guest room, at night!). The
new door to the Bow (front) is perfect.
There is still more to be done but that is part of the project. I feel
excited about this part of the project whereas most of the last 7 weeks have
been like living on a building site. But the hard work paid off. This week the
never-ending ending did, in a way, arrive and we can be less work focused and go
on days out!
So the Galley, I do think of it as a ‘kitchen’ on a boat because it is the sort of kitchen I could live with anywhere on land or water! So if I refer to it as kitchen or galley, I mean the same thing. Chris put our ideas onto paper and drew possible layouts and was able to choose suitable drawers and cabinets to fill the space and offer storage solutions. Next step was IKEA. (We did source another kitchen supplier but we realized IKEA would have a tested product that Chris could professionally install, oh the joys of being a carpenter + builder). A further visit to IKEA (
and Chris had his layout to share with an in-house kitchen designer who made
some good suggestions and could show a 3 dimensional view of our plans.
Needless to say the car was full when we left the store.
Some of the highlights of living without a kitchen…
-aware of water availability
-2 washing up bowls (one to rest the drainer on) and a 5 litre water bottle are essential.
-Use the same crockery and cutlery.
-Paper towels are very helpful with wiping the plates pre-wash
-Purchase of a jug to boil water (cos we have electricity).
-Purchasing prepped/cooked supermarket meals. (as well as fresh veggie stir fry mixes)
-the temporary work table is kept out of the intended galley site until absolutely necessary
-Purchase a microwave/convection oven/grill and work out if the inverter will cope!
-Supermarket meals are fast to get on the table!
-make sure your buckets do not become builder’s buckets
-You get to know your neighbours who send out invites for “us”dinner. Thank you TT’s Dave & Heth.
A few days later the galley housed all kitchen stuff. The kitchen sink was in situ but drained into a bucket and the taps didn’t work! The gas was delayed in being connected but during our wait for this to happen; we realized that we would need a gas cooker. The inverter would struggle to run the microwave/oven which was a lifesaver to have during the Galley refit. So, a week ago, we were reliably connected to our gas bottle and the hob and oven (cooker) are in use.
We are slowly covering the galley walls with helpful storage items. Today, we were delivered a magnetic knife rack……..