Tired after eight years of sun, rain, ice and all that England then Scotland can throw at it, poor old Dalriada's red paintwork was long since brown with yellowish patches (the latter largely from an inadvisable experiment with marine cutting compound some three or more years ago).
But no more! Fresh from the heady delights of last week's Scottish Episcopal Church General Synod, this week I am painting a narrowboat red! A spot of dial-in meeting to Oban has varied the pattern a little, as has collecting and delivering Elly from her S4 work placement in the Glasgow Riverside aka Jaggy-roofed Transport Museum. A little close manoeuvring in the 60 foot boat to turn the sides has been rather good for me, to remind myself that I can still do it!
And the rain has held off enough (by Weds evening) for both starboard and one of the port coats to have been applied. That really IS a miracle in Kirkintilloch in June.
And to reflect upon all this in the context of life? Elly will be goine soon, in a couple of years, to we know not what. And by then the shiny red paint will be rather browner than it is today. It all continues, it all fades, and we find ourselves back again, in our metaphorical white coveralls (of which more another day) doing it all over again!
Thanks be to God!