An encouraging day . . . and a dispirited Day
April got off to a fine start on Saturday 1st. It was about time that Duck Platform No.1 (the B&Q shower tray!) was re-floated and -- as Duck Platform No.2, having lost its anchor, was floating freely near the old weir -- it definitely time to get the little inflatable out of the shed and go boating on the Slade Ponds. Unfortunately the bung had gone missing and the cork out of a bottle of Rioja wasn’t quite up to the job. Your intrepid Chair did manage to get the shower tray afloat and throw out its new anchor (a paint bucket filled with cement), but the little boat had a tendency to jack-knife under his weight and let in uncomfortable amounts of water. Thank goodness new member Charlotte had come along to help – she held the life-line in case Nick had to be hauled ashore!
It was a relief when Gordon and Hayley turned up to offer their first-class inflatable kayak. Gordon and Nick set off to the far side of the pond to tow the wooden duck house back into position. Just as Nick was shackling the new anchor chain to the platform, a terrified moorhen shot past his ear and he nearly fell overboard with shock.
Hayley suggested planting some irises on the shower tray to make it look less like a bit of Plumstead fly-tipping so, with a re-launch of the kayak, that was quickly accomplished.
While all that was going on, David and AnneMarie were planting some lovely foxgloves around the pond area inside the railings.