Building Boats Before Dawn

163812_1772771440506_4852251_nPhotography and Boat Building by Billie Jenkins & Charles Lewis Words By Billie Jenkins

The cool boredom of winter can lead us to many things, Channel Four programming that can never be mentioned in public, a foray into more exotic pornography, an overindulgence in long, existential books or more time spent on Facebook chat than in real conversation. It might not be for everyone to add building a boat and setting it free down the river Ouse to that list, but the planning, building and post-sail warmth certainly helped me say goodbye to my mid-December blues.  I’m am every grateful to Charles Lewis (pictured), my partner in crime on this escapade,  for reminding me that once in a while you find another person who is willing to wake up at 4.30 am to build a boat from a crate and old curtains just because.

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