Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Halloween - and weather, and stuff

Saturday, the weather was as bad as ever, but the marina's Halloween event went ahead as planned, as did the coffee morning in aid of the local Air Ambulance and a small local organisation dealing with children affected by cancer. As usual, there was the huge selection of cakes, tea, coffee, soup, and a bric-a-brac stall (is there another name for it these days?), and over £300 was raised in the morning.

Then there was the Halloween social event in the marquee - this year sturdy enough to withstand the very strong winds, and dry underfoot thanks to the drains dug since this time last year, when thick straw had to be laid on the sodden, grassy floor. It was a good event, with part of a quiz (two rounds only!), Indian or Chinese food, and a charity auction which raised a further £800+. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera, so the fancy dress has to be imagined - look at last year's photos if you're lacking imagination!

On Sunday, the weather was fine, and a team of us were able to clear and dismantle the marquee, pack it, and put it into storage for the winter. That took the best part of the day, and we finished in the lounge with a final beer and cake. Monday, the weather was even worse than Saturday, and the best we could do was to stay in the boat and amuse ourselves.

Today, Wednesday, Roy Grasby came to look at our plans to improve the galley, and we went later in the day to his boat, NB Wells Fargo in Braunston, to see the new galley he had fitted there - "finally, after eight years!" - to give us some ideas as to how ours might be done. Over the course of the day, a number of ideas were thrown around, and now we need to consider how we're going to proceed.

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