The weather has smiled on Crick this year and the crowds have flocked in to participate in the Inland Waterways premier boating festival. Not that I have seen a lot of it.
Wild Side has woven its stick charm on the attendees and the activity on the stall was pretty relentless, leaving little time to wander round the various exhibits. In fact I have learned more about the festival from the various blog posts than I did from first hand experience.
President in oils and in the flesh
More canal art
For us it was a mix of business and socialising, meeting friends old and new who showed up at the stall and sampled the Wild Side wares.
Queen of the cordials
To be honest, so many people came up to us to say hello, comment on our Canal Boat article of to poke gentle fum and poor old Capt Ahab we cant even begin to remember who you all were! Can I offer a collective thank you for all your kind words and friendship - whilst the show was a success in a commercial sense, the real profit was in meeting so many friendly faces.
To pluck one particular meeting out of the mele, I would highlight the meeting of Halfie, Adam and myself - three blogging friends which ended in a very extended visit to the pub and and much delayed evening meal.
The sunnier face of Crick 2013
As I write this we are back at home and Wand'ring Bark is preparing for a return under the command of Mr Truth, one of my trusty return skippers.
A final backward glance from our mooring at Crick 3013 - till next time