I went up to Briar Rose yesterday afternoon, as I had a boat test planned today. I knew there was very little solid fuel on board so I bought a very expensive bag of logs at a garage on the A34 on the way. The boat was fine if a little chilly, but I soon got it warmed up.
This morning was nice and sunny, and I drove up to Mercia Marina for the boat test. It was reasonably sunny there too, although by the time we'd finished in the boat it had clouded over and there was some rain.
I could see that friends Jayne and Stephen were aboard their boat in the marina, so I sent them a text and they joined Andy and me for lunch, and also brought their son, SJ, whom I'd heard about but not met before. Our usual lunch spot, the Willow Tree, was heaving so we went to The Boardwalk instead. The food there was excellent, and it was nice to catch up with Jayne and Stephen.