I didn’t get round to a post yesterday as we had an impromptu BBQ to send off our friends who are leaving us on the 1st for a life as Water Gypsies.
Apart from their choice of meat (we took gammon steaks), everyone took something for the table, so it was logical for me to take a large bowl of salad. Nothing too fancy, and no cucumber as it tends to give me indigestion, but there was a mix of shredded carrots, sweetcorn, radish, red onions, peppers and lettuce, plus a tray of cherry tomatoes and the last of the two dressings I had in the fridge.
It was a glorious hot afternoon, so we put two tables in the shade of the big oak tree (no songs please about yellow ribbons) and spent an enjoyable five hours in good company.
Maggie was wonderfully behaved and you wouldn’t know she was there. We had plenty of water for her, and being treated to titbits occasionally, she was content to stay under the table and doze.
Hubby and I aren’t drinkers, so we took bottles of water down for us, knowing we could refill them as and when necessary from the sinks in the shower block.
The marina staff brought down a bottle of bubbly and a card to wish them well, and we had a few surprised oohs and aahs over other cards and a picture Hubby had sketched from a photograph I took when they brought their boat in last year (I emailed them a copy of the original this morning).
There are a lot of changes going on here, and we are seeing new faces, new cars, and new boats come and go. The marina will be holding their Hog Roast BBQ late in September to mark the end of the season, then things will begin to settle for the winter and we will see who exactly is left. If the revamp in the other basin goes ahead, it will be interesting to see who fills the gaps over here for the interim.
At the moment though we have Live-aboards, Weekend-aboards, ‘I’ve just remembered I’ve got a boat’- aboards. prospective ‘I like the idea of owning a boat’-purchasers and Visitors, boat owners or not!