...I think I have blogged before with that title?
Anyhow the reason for the reflection is on arriving and fettleing Waterlilty for her return home cruise I observed this.....
That is Waterlily fourth back. She is behind a couple of 58 footers and another fifty footer. Now inside Waterlilty we have a bed, bathroom, galley, dinette saloon and covered well deck. its all fitted in by having a very snubby bow and a short welldeck.
I am not sure if is shows good use of space on Waterlily or poor use of space on the other boats?
For sure Waterlily does not have the classic lines of some of the other boats, and for that I am somewhat sad, however I don't tend to look at her like this very often so gain from the extra internal space. It is the same reason I don't often look in the mirror !!
I still think the ex ownership boats cam close to the perfect layout in a 58 foot shell - including two toilets and a corner bath plus a good seating area outside.
One problem with the way Waterlily uses her space is she has a small cratch 'window' and cannot easily be extended at the front as the saloon takes some of the curvature. Maybe if we keep her to her next paint job we could give her a real nice looking nose !
A WIDOW whose husband was killed in the Falklands war just a week after they married will attend a special memorial service to mark the 30-year anniversary of the start of the conflict.
Margaret Allen said she was left "utterly devastated" when her husband Iain Boldy was killed while serving on HMS Argonaut on May 21, 1982.
The 53-year-old said: "We met two years before he went off to the Falklands and married a week before.
"He knew what was required of him and expected from him in his job.
"But it utterly devastated me. It left me with post traumatic stress disorder and I there are things before and after that I just can't remember any more."
Mr Boldy, of Darley Abbey, was only 20 when his ship was bombed by Argentine forces. He was one of 258 Britons killed in the conflict.
Today, Mrs Allen, of Brailsford, is set to attend a candlelit vigil at the National Memorial Arboretum.
She will join other veterans, relatives and widows of soldiers who died in the war. During a service of remembrance, a single candle will be lit in the Arboretum's Millennium Chapel and it will be left alight for 74 days – the length of the conflict.
A new memorial will then be unveiled at the Alrewas site in May.
Mrs Allen said she would be meeting Major John Phillips, a former Royal Engineer who defused one of the two bombs which struck the ship her husband had been on.
She said: "Two bombs hit the ship Iain was on.
One struck him and the other went into the boiler room.
"It was unexploded and Major Phillips defused it. I have never met him and it will be emotional but I want to thank him for what he did.
"There is a great comfort in being with other people who know what it is like to lose someone in a conflict. I feel it will be a very positive day."
She said she now worked with the National Memorial Arboretum and the charity Combat Stress to help others like her.
She said: "I think it is vital for society to remember past conflicts. I think the amount of support available to veterans and families of soldiers injured or killed in conflict has improved but we can still do more."