Saturday, 3 September 2011

En fete




Even Chertsey is wearing bunting! I really must make some proper, cloth, bunting to match the paintwork. I have never seen so many boatwomen's bonnets before. The ladies of the Retford and Worksop Boat Club have had a bonnet making circle and today they are all sporting their magnificent creations. There has been an old fashioned fete with coconut shy and various other throwing activities, and a very good celidh band. Tonight the beer tent opens and the will be a brass band. We have been made tremendously welcome here and there's a lovely atmosphere.


Last night about twenty boats set off for Drakeholes. Some of them had returned, illuminated, by midnight... Others decided to give up and continue the return journey in the morning. We still got stuck into the bread and dripping though, and the quiz, which, ahem, our team won. The prize was a big box of Maltesers which I am looking after. So far the rest of the team haven't been by to eat their share.


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