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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Friday, 10 April 2009



We waited anxiously for our new mattress to arrive and when Trudy from the Marina office phoned to say it had, we scooted down to collect it. Our surprise was complete when we saw this box, about four foot long and twelve inches square., this couldn’t possible contain our new mattress.

I had originally made a fold out extension to the bed which allowed a twelve inch wide section of mattress quality foam to slot in under the gunnel when the mattress was pulled out onto the extension, this had worked really well, giving us a bed width of nearly five foot and still allowing just enough space to walk pass the bed. On Tuesday Jacquie had finally decided that she couldn’t sleep anymore on our old mattress, it was a coil sprung affair of between five and six inches thick and when you sat on the edge of the bed it went completely flat and when lying down, you could feel the coils trying to escape.

Jacquie scoured the internet for specialist mattress makers and settled on ‘Sleep Detox’, who say that they can provide a mattress in any size, thickness and density of foam and deliver it within forty eight hours. After speaking on the phone, to Keith at Sleep Detox, who was very helpful, Jacquie placed her order over the internet. The mattress had to be the same depth as the foam infill which was thirteen cm. So five cm., of memory foam would be bonded to eight cm., of high density ordinary foam, to give a soft but firm mattress. This sounded great and the mattress was indeed delivered within forty eight hours, but we just couldn’t believe that a mattress could be in this relatively small box.

Well it was, vacuumed packed and rolled up tight, when we cut into the plastic bag the air whooshed in and the mattress started to expand, in all it took about ten minutes to reach its full size. It is covered in a snug, zipped on cotton cover and is exactly the right size. Well done Sleep Detox, who can be found on

The old mattress we just dumped into the canal, so easy to dispose of unwanted stuff these days. No of course not, we managed to fold it in half and after lowering the roof of our little convertible car we squeezed it onto the back seat and took it to the local dump (re-cycling centre) at Daventry. Now I know where that is. I know where I can get rid of my old engine oil in future. Good days work, hopefully followed by a good nights sleep. I’ll let you know!!

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