With Strawberry Fair taking over Midsummer Common, several of us boaters decided to move out for the weekend. It was a lovely evening for boating. We went out in convoy with Ian single handing Loldia for the first time (he did really well), Emma and Laura on Rebecca and Sophie on Admiral Benbow.
We arrived at Clayhithe to find only one bank side space so a bit of narrowboat Tetris was required!
In the evening once we were all safely moored, we headed to the Bridge pub for dinner and drinks. John and Jackie from Pippin came too as well as Chris and Simone of Light Enough to Travel, making for a great night.
On Saturday, James was off coxing so took the train back into town. I joined the Pippins for a cruise to Ely, to empty their pump out. We’d had thunderstorms in the early morning and hoped that was it for the storms, but no, the rain pelted it down most of the way out! Jackie and I stayed inside, leaving poor John on deck. But he was well kitted out in waterproofs and was quite happy. James got very wet coxing too. He then caught the train and met us in Ely as well.
The way back was thankfully much sunnier! We then went and got Willow, to moor for Saturday night on the GOBA moorings. It was a beautiful evening, and we saw an owl patrolling the flood banks looking for mice. Moored next to us was nb Qisma, who write a blog and have just taken up a permanent mooring in the fens!
The plume of smoke is from a haystack near Waterbeach which got hit by lightening and set alight!