Willow is a boat again! We came off dock this morning and then spent two hours putting the movable ballast back in. We also filled the ballast tanks and tested the new pumps. One click of the “Blow Main Ballast”switcg (although to be accurate it should really be “Blow Q Tank” apparently…) turns them both on and water is expelled at speed from each side of the boat. It’s quite dramatic!
We stopped at Bottisham so we could spend the afternoon with the Pippins (John kindly gave us a lift back to the Lazy Otter to collect the car) and go to Emmaus. As usual we got some good finds! I got a bike for £25 – a nice Dutch style one with hub brakes and gears whose only fault was that it evidently stood too close to a bonfire and the chainguard was melted! I’ve removed the guard and it’s fine. We also got a 1935 mug, marking the silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary making it the same age as Willow. Then a lovely dinner and a catch up which included tasting some Very Nice Gin!