It seemed a bit weird not being there this weekend, whilst some of the major work was being done.. but you will see it is all starting to take shape very nicely now. Firstly we had a tough decision about the paint. Although we all loved the Annie Sloan paint unfortunately it didn't seem to be up to the job. It was clear that as a cafe it was going to need to be a really tough paint surface that could be cleaned regularly and the chalk paint was struggling a bit with getting wet and even with the lacquer on it seemed that this would eventually become a problem. So we went back to the drawing board and decided to go for an eggshell. Considerable deliberation took place deciding on the colours and although BOG FOG (yes there really is a paint called this) was a serious contender we finally decided on Surrounding Serenity and Anchors Aweigh - clearly symbolic of the fact that we are expecting a calm and relaxing start to the launch of our business. Jamie is colour blind, so although his choices did not come into the equation, they were very good for entertainment value...
The new paint went on well and proved to be the right decision....
The next major step was the cutting of panels to house the lights. Finalising the wiring of the lights and then the big switch on.... Jamie had such faith that there would be no explosion at the point of the switch on that he hid in a box...
Jill's Dad and brother managed to see the bus for the first time this week... slippers are now compulsory footwear on the bus so that we don't mess the floor up..but we let them off on this occasion. As you will see the bus is not ideal for very tall people !!!
So whilst all this was going on I was doing some food research in Leeds and admiring this amazing city. The architecture is quite unique. I also fell in love with the Botanist - my new favourite place in Leeds.. A few snapshots are here for you
To finish with I think it only fair to warn anyone thinking of embarking on converting a double decker bus to be warned that it can affect your sanity... I'm not quite sure why I was sent this photo but yes it appears to show Jamie eating a screwdriver... whilst advertising Tesco at the same time...
I am Sharon Close, I have worked for years in Music Education and this is still something that I am passionate about. I live in the most amazing county of Cornwall and am so excited to be launching a brand new business that is a mobile catering company based on a double decker bus. My partners are Louise Walker, Jamie Walker, Jill Clark and Richard Close.