We went to Amsterdam and took a ferry ride out to NDSM because it was supposed to be a cool place.  Either we couldn’t find the cool bit or it’s only a cool place at night…or during a full moon or something.  Anyway, we came across this massive picture of Anne Frank whilst we were there which made it almost worth the trip.


Sail shade saga continues

Long time readers [ hah yeah right ] will remember when I built the sail shade.  I didn’t quite factor in the amount of hassle it is to put it up and down.  It involves ladders, wobbly posts and arse twitching moments when hooking it up.  It would be great to just leave it up but the rain doesn’t quite run off and during a big old storm the water gathers and posts will snap…like one did.

I’ve considered some sort of furling mechanism like one gets on a boat’s jib – but that was looking pretty expensive and complicated.  But continuing with the sailing theme I went with a rough knot at the bottom to keep it off the ground and a reef knot mid-way up to reduce the windage.

Yes, windage is a real word.