OK, so, it was only a ton of coal, and we only got paid in tea and biscuits, but still!
At the weekend we received our winter’s coal as well as a lot of bags for other boaters who were away. It was easier to deliver most of them by truck, as the coal merchant was able to drive along the Common, but for a couple who aren’t on the Common, we loaded 40 bags into WiIlow’s well-deck and delivered them by boat! It was hard work but we enjoyed it. A friend was passing on the bridge and took a photo as we unloaded. (Thanks, Will!)
Willow didn’t even notice the extra load, having been built to carry 33 tons when it was built!
Photo: Will C