My first port of call was the marquee to visit Lockside Antiques and to see Graham and Evelyn Booth where I bought a couple of bits and bobs for the new boat, Yarwood. On leaving the marquee the first person I saw was Sarah Edgeson with her working boat Ling and before I knew it I was accepting her invitation to board and join the parade! How good is that..? On board were fellow bloggers James and Amy of Nb Lucky Duck and before we had pulled out of the arm we were joined by Adam and Adrian of Nb Briar Rose.
James at the helm of Nb. Ling
Amy on the gunwale
Adam clinging to the side
My view as we entered the marina watched by the crowds.
The tents are the rustic accommodation for the show weekend.
A working boat as it would normally have been seen, fully laden and low in the water
Moored six abreast across the cut - I know there are
six seven bows in this shot but the boat on the left is not moored, it is on parade.
Following NB Kestrel out of the marina
Nb Thea, the model for our new boat
The laden boat moored up again
Look at the bow on this approaching, a big
Woolwich Northwich I think. Laden, that bow would be in the water like the previous picture.
I stayed several hours, thoroughly enjoying the spectacle, before heading back to Stourport and Caxton.
Thank you Sarah for the chance of riding 'on parade' in Nb Ling and it was lovely to meet fellow bloggers, James, Amy, Adrian and Adam and of course, Graham and Evelyn.