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I’ve often thought that one of the secrets to improving the quality of life is to try and always have something to look forward to – or failing that something positive to look back upon.

In terms of quality of life, the old boat Eileen – my storage vat of memories – serves a vital function; she prompts stories or memories when I’m away from the water and encourages a ‘healthy reverie’ – daydreaming if you like, which provides an antidote to the daily grind.

In thinking about her, planning a trip or next piece of renovation, or simply looking at pictures taken whilst aboard her, I feel better able to gently close off the noise of the world and focus on staying close to the water even when I’m actually physically distant from it.

I’m increasingly using her to make sense of the present in relation to the past.

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