How cute are these two resting their beaks.
The Netherwich basin is almost full as is the towpath and very good it looks too. With so many things going on, there was plenty to see and talk about with other boaters, including laughing about the fender which was making a break for freedom, what we did not realise however was it belonged to Irene and Ian. This came to light when Irene stepped off of their boat wondering why there boats was bumping and banging about. She realised her fender was missing and we then realised it was her fender making its escape. There was nothing for it but for Irene to get out her fishing net and take up the chase. But like all good chases, this one was not going to end quickly as the fender blew one way then the other for a few minutes, then it headed towards boats on the far side and off went Irene to try and capture it, but no the fender changed direction a couple of times before being trapped in the fishing net by Ivor Caplin. So the chase was over and the fender tied back on to the boat.
The marquees are up and security fencing is going up, but we reckon they will be a very long night ahead of them. Boats were still arriving, plus more historic boats, we now have Atlas, Malus, Sagitta, Lynx, Trent, Spey, Manchuria and Marcellus (50 ft one with the original stern) here. It is going to be a fab weekend. Tomorrow afternoon is the official re-opening, so it is going to be a busy old day.