Just add Kids (and us)

The Christmas Lights were turned on in town this evening.
With the weather being dire throughout the night and intermittent showers all day, we were glad that the rain held off and once again there was a good turn out.
carol-singersPhoto:  November 2016

Like the Mop Fair, the road had been closed and there were rides and stalls along the High Street as well as a group of carol singers.
The carnival atmosphere was terrific, and it took three countdowns (and a lot of laughter for premature anticipation) before all the overhead lights in various shapes and sizes all came on together.

Digital Camera
Photo: December 2014

Kids were having a whale of a time on the bungee trampolines. The timid little bounces soon escalated to confident catapults into the air on the wires, knowing they were perfectly safe. Cameras were flashing as proud parents took snaps of their offspring having fun.

Maggie was good, keeping herself out of the way of passing pushchairs and booted feet. Hubby went into the chippy and came out with a portion (plus a sausage for her) which we shared walking down the road.

house-lights house-lights-2
Photos: November 2016

Coming home along the back road, one of the houses had also turned their Christmas lights on. The Community Spirit tonight was in its element.

There will be no Christmas scene on a narrow boat in basin 2 this year. The boat concerned was sold earlier in the year and is now mostly submerged at right angles to the lock weir upriver having been left unattended in bad weather.
The original owners were gutted as it had been home to them for over thirty years.
The new owners had it less than thirty days.

Digital CameraPhoto: December 2014

In fact, there will be no boats at all in basin 2 this Christmas, as they have relocated all liveaboards in our basin now and the vessels that are left will be tied up two or three abreast on the river so that the revamp work can commence.
We have decided to have Christmas here on the boat this year. It will be our first aboard.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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