Before dad died, one of the last things I remember chatting to him about was the old 'Penny Machine', that has been sat in the loft for years. This is what used to be known as an 'Allwins', machine. If you want to see some more machines, including one identical to ours look here:-
Ours is called 'Patsy funfair', and has been in the family since before us kids were born. Dad was supposedly given it as payment for job he did when working with Scrim (A really old friend and dodgy dealer!) in the 60's. As kids we used to play on it all the time and at some time dad painted it a horrible shade of purple - to match a toy box he also painted. Its been sat in the loft for years to be used only when the kids come around to stay.
However, during one of me and dads last chats in the conservatory he spoke about cleaning the old purple paint off it and making it look nice, with a nice varnish - just like it would have originally looked when new. I told him I would love to do it and the plan was to take it to Manchester with me on our next visit to Skegness. It seemed obvious to me after dad died that I should keep my promise and give the old thing a good clean up.
|The paint starts to come off|
Unfortunately, the purple colour had apparently been painted over a white undercoat. This caused me problems as the paint underneath started to smear over the wood. It took a while but a couple of coats of paint stripper interspersed with cleaning the wood with white spirit seemed to get most of the horrible goo off.
|A bit of a mess at first...|
|But it got easier|
|You can see the awkward bits here still covered in paint|
|Getting there though...|
I got a tin of medium oak varnish from the local DIY shop and after another hours work in the garden - the machine was ready to be seen. Its not totally complete yet - I need to get some replacement glass for the front and give a few bits of metal a clean as the paint got everywhere - but I must admit that I am very pleased with how the machine has turned out so far and I'm sure dad would have liked it too.
One of the best things that has happened in the last few weeks was a trip to the beach with Buffy and Mum. The Battle if Britain Memorial flight were due to fly over Skegness beach on a Sunday lunchtime, so we made our way down there and sat in a prime spot with an Ice cream waiting for the Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire to pass by. They were a little late but it was well worth waiting for and we loved seeing them fly over.
|On the beach|
|Mum and the planes|
|Buff taking photos...|
The first two planes pass....
In other news - Taz has been learning how to drive my works van - He wasn't impressed when I sent him to work instead of me one day and no-one noticed!!
|Have a nice day at work Taz|
|The controls of mobile traffic lights - a day in the life!!|