Today I went to Ely today for various reasons. Firstly, I had to get a seatpad from Reeds for the rowing marathon (50km from Lincoln to Boston) which I am doing on Sunday. Some of you may remember reading about this last year, when I rowed in the same event. This year, James is coxing it too, and we have two men in the boat as well as 6 women. Then I headed to the Chandlery to get an extra grate for the stove. I also happened to bump into Chris, from whom we had been planning to borrow a coxbox. Happily he was able to oblige, but had to rush off for an hour before he was able to meet me, giving me a bit of time to kill in Ely.
Not a bad prospect, I thought. It was a lovely day, so the first thing I did was get a half of Aspall's from the Cutter and sit outside in the sunshine reading today's Guardian. After I'd finished my drink, I wandered along the river front to the Antiques shop. There I spotted a beautiful enamel teapot, the colour of butter and sunshine, for £7. I couldn't resist. I had to have it for the boat! It will look perfect on the range when we get our proper working boat one day! I am now looking forward to going home and putting the kettle on after work.
Ascending Napton Locks.
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