I started to hear the footbridge reverberating at six o’clock as the first of the office workers arrived and it was great to take a cup of coffee and relax on the deck and watch them stream into work. A little later after I had washed the hull a space became available on the other side of the cut, in the sun and away from the noise of the footbridge and we awaited the arrival of one of Jacquie’s long time friends, Chris, who was travelling down by train from St.Neots.
When Chris arrived, about mid morning and after the usual welcoming drink, we took a gentle cruise back through Little Venice and Regents Park before winding at the Cumberland basin and returning to the same spot in Paddington Basin. Chris, who had been very uncertain about being on a boat, relaxed and enjoyed herself.
We watched the hot and tired workers file out of their offices, whilst we relaxed under the parasol.