Well, who should I run into in Barry Hawkins' beer tent but Granny Buttons' very own Andrew Denny. That's what comes of putting your photo on your blog - people recognise you, even in the absence of your boat. So Jim and I had a lovely chat with Andrew and Christine, and finished by taking each other's photos and promising a bit of mutual blogging. Looks as if I've got in first ... Lovely to meet you both, and see you again soon.
The main reason for popping into Barry Hawkins' open day was to catch up with Ian for an update on the oil thingy (I've given up trying to be technical with it) and arrange for a lift for Jim to get our (my! my!) car to Atherstone next week (see how my optimism is still undimmed); we then proceded to Crick where we bought an aerial kit for the datacard, a new set of ropes, a chimney chain, various other small brass bits, some more raddle red paint, a tin of varnish ... oh, and a lovely stripey cardigan.
Yesterday, as planned, I neatened up all the blacking, much of which involved working off the gunwale in ever-increasing rain, and it was well worth doing. I have to say that the Big Fish boat on show at Crick might have benefited from the same treatment... And I also made a start on the brass, whilst joining Jim in watching the shiny new high definition advert free Narrow Boat DVD, which was another weird kind of reflective experience as it features two-year-younger versions of people and places we've been seeing a lot of lately.
In the photo you can also see our stunning tunnel light - a 30s Francis fire engine lamp, mounted on its new bracket, and Warrior's latest butch adornment, the straps, which look nicer and butcher than either of the other lots we saw at Crick; thanks to Geoff for making those for us and to Jim for fitting them.