We spent the weekend at the Braunston Historic Boat Rally.
We’ve been going for several years now, and this spectacular gathering of up to one hundred old boats never fails to deliver. This year, we were staying on the Josher butty Vienna (renamed Verbena in 1914). The butty was paired, for the weekend at least, with Sarah E’s Lamprey.
The Braunston show is never very commercial – it’s much more about the boats, with two parades per day. We paraded with Lamprey and Verbena twice on Saturday, and then with Chertsey on Sunday. It was lovely to catch up with boaty friends, enjoy looking at the wonderful array of boats and best of all, to talk about our historic boat. Even though getting Willow there was a logistical impossibility with James unable to take time off work during term, there’s a subtle difference in attending as an owner rather than just an onlooker.
On Saturday night, Sarah E conjured up a fantastic curry on the back cabin range in Lamprey – enough to feed eight! Of course, it was chicken rogan josher!
Photo: Tim Lewis