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South Kyme Boat Gathering 2015

The weather could certainly have been kinder but there was no lack of warmth in the welcome for boaters in South Kyme over the May Day weekend.  Some boats had travelled from nearby waters but others had joined the gathering from further afield. One had made his way single-handed from Stafford while another had travelled from March, a lot further by canal than by road.  The members of the Australian Canal Society who joined us could certainly have had the long-distance cruising award if their journey had been entirely by narrow-boat but that proved not to have been the case!

The Scarecrow Competition proved very difficult to judge because of the quality of the entries but Chris Hayes and Sue Sowerby were ably assisted by Sue Smith, one of our Australian visitors. The winner of the nursery rhyme themed competition was a very dapper Pussy-Cat who had travelled up to London complete with A-Z . Second place Dr Foster's travels were less successful as he sank "up to his middle" and third place Little Bo Peep had an empty pen from which her rather sweet sheep had escaped.  Highly commended was Little Miss Muffet and her rather fetching spider. (We later found out that they had been made by a couple from Sheffield visiting the village for a weekend break who had heard there was a competition and had brought their entry in the car with them.)

Such was the wind in the afternoon that the ducks in the duck race went backwards and the start line became the finishing line! Saturday evening's BBQ was fun but COLD and there was rain overnight and into Sunday. Nevertheless there was a good congregation for the Boaters' Church Service and by the time we had all consumed an excellent lunch in The Hume the sun was out for the trip up to Cobblers Lock.

Thanks to all those who took part in the gathering and a big thank you too to the people of South Kyme for welcoming us into their village once more.