We spent the weekend at the Shackerstone Festival and Boat Gathering. Despite gloomy predictions, the weather was mostly glorious, and we had a lovely couple of days.
We were very kindly given a lift up there by a friend who was heading there from Essex, and spend the night camping on Sarah E’s Lamprey. There were lots of others boats and boaters there, and it was great to catch up with them, some of whom we’ve not really seen since we joined the ranks of historic boat owners ourselves. In the evening we ate a delicious meal with some boater friends at the Rising Sun.
As well as looking around the festival site, we also picked up a couple of bits for Willow from the stalls. A rather fetching brass toilet roll holder (£3) to match the towel rail we got at the National, and lots of 1m long ash trim strips for finishing touches (50p each). In the absence of affordable brass strips for the stove we’re thinking of trimming the edge of the hearth at least temporarily with the ash.
Just before we left, there was a fantastic Red Arrows display, seen from a fantastic vantage point on the top of a boat, and a Spitfire fly past.