After Thursday’s bad news, we resolved to have a Day Out on Saturday, and headed down to the Rickmansworth Canal Festival on the Grand Union Canal. It was a lovely day, and we had fun seeing boaty friends, looking at engines and whether they might fit in Willow, wandering around the stalls, and of course enjoying seeing all the historic boats.
Most fun was the tug of war! We sat on the opposite bank with Simon and Carrie (of Tortoise and Blackbird), watching the fun and drinking cheap cider. At one point we were called upon to provide ballast for tug Hayley so got to participate as well. The commentary was provided over the loudspeaker by our friend Chris and his mate Adrian, of the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust. They kept up such a stream of boaty banter that we stayed and watched the various rounds of competition all afternoon! The winner was the beautiful tug Frederick Whittington (unsurprisingly as it has a Gardner 6LW!).
James’s brother Sam lives in nearby Watford (in fact he works in Ricky) and so we had a cuppa with him before heading home. All in all a good day and just what we needed!