Monday, June 17, 2019
"Oooh that paint has beaded up nicely in the rain," I might have said, but I flippin' well didn't. besides the paintwork being wet in the rain, it was wet paint! The next meteorologist I see, I'm gonna bust him in the nose. "Less than ten percent chance of rain" said the forecast for that day, and then only light rain. So as the gas locker lid and the cants were in need of a fresh coat of the old Hempel Bordeaux Red, I got out the kit and sanded and masked and slapped on a quick coat of gloss. Job done I retired to my folding chair on the towpath verge and set to The Week crossword feeling pretty pleased with myself (albeit not with my efforts at the crossword)..
When the first tiny spots of rain arrived I wasn't too concerned, then Kath remarked that it was looking very black over Will's mum's and disappeared inside. That was when the heavens opened. Not just a light shower but a full blown downpour all over my fresh paint, barely an hour after I brushed it on. Then to cap it all, it stopped raining, but replaced that with hail! Anybody looking for happy bunnies aboard Herbie would have been sadly disappointed. After the rain stopped, the water beads stayed put of course, but I couldn't wipe 'em off because the paint was still really gooey. So I just had to grin and bear it and tried to get used to the idea of a Hammerite finish on the paint. What really happened was that when it did finally dry a day later it wasn't too bad - more of a silk lustre finish than gloss. Hey ho.
We were moored below the Claydon lock flight at the time, planning to have a bankside BBQ - well that never happened of course, but we had a nice relaxing weekend. On the upside, all this rain will have put another couple of inches on the reservoir levels. The reservoir figures are out any day. They might make encouraging reading although they are about a month in arrears.