Friday 29th April the first boats have started to arrive ...
... this area of Little Venice is called the Pool
Four abreast along the towpath of Little Venice from Halfpenny Bridge
Meeting and greeting friends in this melange of colour
05:30 Saturday morning we loosed off the ropes and in stealth mode so as not to wake anyone we set off to get water; we're pretty desperate but don't want to lose our mooring space in the basin, hence the early start! All is peaceful by the waterpoint.
The sun is just starting to penetrate under the Horse Bridge ...
but no-one is about here.
Once filled we set off back to the basin and see the Wakeman's fuel boat moored - we'll catch up with him later for diesel.
It was rather a tight squeeze to go left through the gap and under the bridge right of centre
10:30 and we're out walking with Sue and Vic from Narrowboat No Problem when see this pair of Scaup ducks. (http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/scaup/index.aspx)
... as has working narrowboat Archimedes - they have travelled day and some nights to reach here from Ellesmere Port in 5 days and 9 hours!
and Morris dancers keeping the crowds entertained by the beer tent.
All in all the Little Venice Cavalcade was most enjoyable - something for everyone, boaters and non-boaters alike. The stalls were plentiful and varied and appeared to be doing a roaring trade.