One of the marina sheds was decorated by Elly and Diane in flags and bunting to celebrate Australia day. Wine, beer, tea and coffee flowed while the home baked goods and Vegemite sandwiches on offer went down a treat.
Australia day celebrates the landing of the first British Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788. We celebrated a day later than the official day as Monday is our boater gathering day and would also be a national holiday in Australia.
Swiped a few of the photos below from Elly as my photos came out crap again.
Only blot on the proceedings is that one of our number was in hospital but we toasted her speedy recovery in true boater style. " Get well soon Elaine"
Today Tuesday, we have been into Stoke to get more coal, we seem to be using more than usual lately, and then into Stafford to order carpets and 'lino' for the floor. Apparently you don't call it 'lino' anymore it's 'vinyl flooring', how very posh. When it was lino it was a cheap option, not any more!
Lino (Linoleum) was invented by Frederick Walton in 1864, his first factory was in Staines, my home town, so it will always be lino to me.
Linoleum statue in Staines town centre.