Saturday, 21 July 2012

Steam trains and boats all in one day!!!!

So another day with no knitting update. I have knit all I'm knitting, but now I have buttons to sew on and ends to so in (not to mention photos to take).

Today started with normal saturday jobs, followed by an early lunch, then a trip into the city (Preston - a city but not very big!!!)

This year is Guild year in Preston, which only comes around every 20 years. So the normal Riversway festival was bigger and better than ever. On route from the car park we saw the steam train ( which departs from the museum on a three mile round trip passing the docks.

Then onto the docks, luckily the weather was great and we got a great spot to view the dragon boat racing. In the lower photo you can see the winning team give the runners up a drenching!!

The highlight of the day was the arrival of HMS Charger (its name sounds fast and boy did it move). The City of Preston adopted the boat as part of the Guild celebration. Following HMS Charger into the dock was canal barge after canal barge all decorated for the occasion (our very own flotilla). HMS Charger toured the dock, then accompanied by James Bond music moored ready for the formalities of  'boat adoption' to take place.

For the children (and me) the best bit was seeing our old favourite Rosie and Jim on there own canal boat (in the above photo). The police car is a bit random but who could resist photographing that cute car.

Fingers crossed for knitting progress tomorrow.

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