The weather finally perked right up so we stayed put for the day and got on with a bit of boat maintenance. With most activities requiring drying time we had a quite a bit on the go: metal filler setting, primer drying, gloss baking in the sun, wood stain fixing, varnish turning tacky and the cratch cover getting a vinyl treatment… the time seemed right to make some elderberry cordial and drip it across the carpet. That went down well.
It’s a bit crackers to think we’re only 20 odd miles from Oxford as today has been ridiculously quiet, with nobody about on the boat moored behind, there’s only been a handful chug past. Just round the corner is one of prettiest lock cottages, although with a boat providing an endless ‘to do’ list it’s a wonder anyone ever manages a house – I guess they don’t rust.
All very odd having the cratch down at the moment, it definitely makes getting in and out the boat less of a duck and dive plus the outside feels so much closer. After the coldest August since 1993 it was lovely to enjoy drinks and the sun going down sat in a spot usually hidden away under vinyl.