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.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Doris Obsorne

Front (L to R) Tony Osborne and Philip
Osborne. Back (L to R) Rob Westlake,
myself and David Blagrove
We were given the honour today to take Doris (the daughter of Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum founder Jack James) on her final journey.  She arrived in the village of Stoke Bruerne by boat and she left by boat, her coffin borne proudly by historic boat Sculptor, from the southern portal of Blisworth Tunnel to the lock waiting area outside the former James' family home at No 3 Canalside Cottages in Stoke Bruerne. There's nothing much more to say other than it was a privilege and an honour to steer Sculptor for her final journey.

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