I love boats and I was even contemplating buying one when I retired from my office job. I had plans to turn it into some kind of wedding parlour, but I was talked out of it by a colleague who said she thought I had more sense and that owning a boat would be like standing by the water and tipping bucket loads of money into it.
Well, I suppose she was right, and the boat I had in mind was sold to some one else before I had a chance to look at it.
Today, however, I indulged my passion by buying a roaming ticket on the Thames Clippers and sailing down to Greenwich to look at the tall ships which are there for the next few days. I managed to go on board one of them, and then I pottered around on the shore looking at all the other attractions, including Punch and Judy and a man dressed in eighteenth century costume who makes musket balls as you watch.
It was a good day out, but be warned: the queues to buy tickets to board the tall ships were extremely badly organised and no one knew what was happening. The organisers had failed to put up clear signs, and they kept having to dash off to make phone calls in order to solve the many problems and help the dissatisfied customers. Let’s hope they get it sorted for tomorrow, and they need to. There were plenty of people there today, so just think what it’s going to be like over a weekend when there is promise of warm, sunny weather!