Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A little tinkering

The plan was to spend the night on Clarabelle but more impending storms put the kybosh on that idea. We did go out to Clarabelle to check on how she had weathered the previous storms and we managed to get a little bit of work done on her while we were there.

Chester's recent fascination with exotic teas made him the obvious candidate for Clarabelle's Official Tea Maker!
And he did some great work scraping more paint off some windows

Meanwhile I finally installed a shelf for cutting boards under the new bench

A wider view puts the new shelf into perspective

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Chester at work

It has been sometime since I've been out to Clarabelle but this last weekend, not only did I get out there, I finally put Chester to work!
Here's Chester, hard at work, scraping paint off the glass of the windows

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TV Star!

It has been a while and I have not done much to Clarabelle over the Winter months but she did feature in a segment on Building Ideas! Enjoy!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Odd Jobs

A casual trip up to Clarabelle last Sunday to do a few little fiddly bits.

Firstly, sorting out my collection of authentic QRR crockery. I'm building up quite a haul! There are a variety of styles reflecting different periods and manufacturers.

I finished the draw under the dishwasher at home and took it up to Clarabelle for installation. The handles are actually window lifts I found in a second hand shop.

Then a test fit of the tiles for the hearth.

An overview of the hearth/LHS kitchen bench as they are developing.

Monday, April 25, 2016

ANZAC Day Long Weekend

A public holiday and a chance to kick on with some more work on Clarabelle. Pallave and I actually stayed on board over the Saturday night so our time there was very productive.

I pulled the kitchen bench apart in preparation for fixing the top. I also attached the draw front to the carcass under the dishwasher.

Half way through adding the top. Note the temporary spacer keeping the walls the correct distance apart while the top is added.
Top on and edged in Silky Oak
At the other end of the bench is this recess where a wood heater will eventually be installed so I lined this area with fiber cement.

Meanwhile Pallave continued her earlier work on the window surrounds adding a second coat.

Isn't she looking fabulous? And Clarabelle is looking good too!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Morning Tea and Trimmings

This weekend we had some visitors from out of town so one item on the agenda was morning tea on Clarabelle. And, while you have a captive workforce, may as well put them to work!

Frith and Alan are Abbie's Aunt and Uncle. Their farm near Wellington NSW was Clarabelle's last home from 2005-2012.

Alan helped me to put up a luggage rack over the kitchen where I can store crockery.

I also put up a glass holder (which is NSWR in origin but neatly holds this original QR glass)

The luggage rack and glass holder in context

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Adding Numbers

A small detail but a satisfying bit of work. This weekend I reinstalled the original numbering on the northern side.
First I chalked it all out based on the numbering seen on 1074 at the Ipswich Carriage Works
Working from photos I selected a sample pot of Gold Rush yellow which seems a bit brighter than the Kings Gold I've been using on the interior.

But I reverted to Kings Gold which has a more muted effect. After several coats and cleanup around the margins, I was quite happy with my first attempt at sign writing!

In context against the side of the carriage. This is the earlier style of livery, simple and elegant.