It was absolutely glorious at 8am, and we decided we’d take the boat out after breakfast.
Unfortunately, Mr Cloudy almost rained on our parade as it came over very dark and dull, and the temperature dropped by several degrees, so we thought better of it.
We did however walk the dog along the river down to the weir. Although we could take the boat this far, it would be pretty pointless as we’d only see the same as when walking!
On the way back, we got two latte coffees and a slab of lardy cake (I asked the girl in the shop to cut it in half), then sat on a bench and people watched for about half an hour.
As we entered the marina, we caught sight of a tiny model speedboat being put through its paces by the owner of the Christmas narrow boat (remember this?).
There is a lot of laughter this side of the Marina too this afternoon.
Two young lads were washing one of the cruisers and got absolutely soaked when the nozzle burst off the end of the hose, drenching them both in freezing cold water.
The lather from their washing agent has been confusing the fish which have been coming up to sample a tasty morsel that doesn’t exist.
We’ve also been watching a group of youngsters taking it in turns to row a dinghy up and down in our basin.
They are equipped with life jackets, and I have been trying to see how they have been getting in and out of their craft. The water level is quite a long way down from the pontoon, and access to the bank for boarding and alighting is a little precarious.
There are a few sets of metal ladders leading up out of the water, so I guess this is how they have been managing.
Never more than two aboard at any one time, their laughter and encouragement to each other has been echoing around us and it’s great to hear them having so much fun.
Families are in abundance today, enjoying the fresh air and getting out on the water one way or another. Such a lovely way to spend an Easter Sunday instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer screen.
(Yeah, I know, I’m doing the latter writing this post, but then I’m already on the water, with the bow and helm doors open, sandwich and coffee immediately to hand!)