Very few home garages are used for their designed purpose, i.e., for the secure parking of vehicles and for protecting them from the harmful effects of sun, rain and dust. Garages are usually treated as repositories for things such as: surplus furniture, children’s bicycles, hobby equipment, garden tools, lawnmowers etc. Some people may use their garages as utility rooms where they do their laundering and have their washing machines and dryers. They may even have a workbench complete with tools for working in wood and metal.
My garage has, over a long period, been treated as a boathouse where I’ve kept trailer/sailer type boats and where I’ve built small boats such as ‘Micro’ and ‘Caleb’. I like seeing a boat there, because when I see her, memories of predecessors are re-kindled by her presence. There is continuity, a normality that gives assurance for the present and hope for the future. She’s there, and I know that I can take her sailing when an opportunity arises.
Well, ‘Pike’ is the present occupant of my boathouse. I have been caring for her by repairing a leak in her bow compartment and by painting small patches of bare wood along her chines where they suffered abrasion through use. Having finished working on the boat I’ve been carrying out maintenance on her boathouse which hasn’t looked as smart for a long time. I’ve painted the woodwork and the metal door. The back wall requires serious re-pointing, as there has been subsidence.
‘Micro’ at Holy Island, Part 1
‘Caleb’ 50/50 Canoe