An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

A long (but rewarding) day

Leo No2 about to use
Tower Bridge in the 'up'
We are finally back in West India after an unforgettable day on the River participating in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

We were off at 07:30 for an 08:30 locking down onto the Thames - West India was full of narrowboats and we had a most interesting time travelling up river almost to Chiswick Ayot to moor up and relax (lunch) and get tense (final scrutineering).  All was fine and we set off as planned but found the 'Tupperware Navy' hadn't yet moved so there was a sharp intake of breath as we milled around waiting for the off.

The rain did hold off but poor old Louis had an engine failure and had to be towed off to Putney Pier.  Apart form that no damage of injuries (a number of calls at the end for priority use of West India - not sure they were all 100% true) but after a bit f a 'holding pattern' we finally arrived back on our moorings in West India at 21:40.

A very long day but I think in retrospect it will prove to be extremely memorable and we will look back on it all with pride. 

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