(Boat Flamingo - posted by Alan)
Friday 12th June
I said in the last posting about "Sickle" that it was our firm aim to also get "Flamingo" to the Stoke Bruerne Family Festival .
In practice it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, as we have over the last few days had large amounts of "Flamingo's" interior stripped out, right back to the point where we are staring at lengths of the riveted hull sides. The boat has been somewhat of a building site, frankly, and not in a state where it could have attended this event, and even less so having more than me, Cath and Odin overnighting on it.
Fortunately some long days burning the midnight oil got us back to a point where it could be used just in time, albeit still in some disarray as we set off.
No pictures this time, I'm afraid, but we are now here, and son David joined us on board last night, after I had spent the evening frantically trying to store away as much of the muddle as I could.
The boats have still not formally "met" under our ownership, ("Flamingo" must have boated past "Sickle" many times in her carrying days, though), but they are now tantalisingly close to each other, as we borrow bits of the inventory for onr, to supplement things we don't have in the other.
Weedon to Stoke Bruerne
Miles: 10, Locks:0