John had made the short drive over to Hopwas to pick up our guests for the day, Mark & Jane. Mark is a work colleague of Louise and he has plenty of boating experience, albeit on rather larger vessels, namely The Royal Yacht and HMS Coventry, on which he served during the Falklands conflict.
We didn't hang about once everyone was aboard, fully expecting to find the usual bank holiday log jam at Fradley. However it was not to be as we sailed through without any hold up at all - why can't it always be like that. Let's hope our luck holds out for the rest of the trip.
|Louise talking 'paint' with Stanley|
|The standard picture of the Mucky Duck|
Sheena, David, Louise, Mark & Jane - Streethay Branch of AA
|More meat on Niki Laudas ears|
This chap got the girls talking, out for a run in his 'budgie smugglers'
That is what boating is all about, made all the more enjoyable being unplanned, and Mark & Jane could quite get used to the lifestyle I think.
There were a number of boats heading our way, so unfortunately time was such that we had to make a move as we had a table booked for dinner at the Tame Otter at Hopwas at 5pm.
Whittington Wharf looked resplendent with all it's bunting and flags. It looked like they had some sort of event on over the weekend.
|We got ourselves a convoy...|