Arriving Friday late afternoon, we unpacked, had a meal, then a trip to Northampton to watch the Saints match, Ali dare not risk the pub in case she couldn't see. A great result, the Saints producing another second half comeback to claim the Amlin Challenge Cup. To celebrate we returned to Crick and wended our way to the Beer Tent. Parking was not a great problem then, a little muddy, but not overly so. Did we enjoy the beer festival and the music that evening? Well we must have done, because it was 0130 hours when we somewhat unsteadily made our way back to the boat. I blame Lizzy ( N.B. Panda ) for being a bad influence on us. :)
As a consequence, Saturday morning did not see us up bright and early. Good job really, as it persisted it down all morning. So we left having a wander until the afternoon. As we do not really have an interest in new boats and you now have to book in for a viewing, we wandered around the stalls most of the afternoon, met up with Keith from N.B. Fruits of the Vine, with whom we enjoyed a good chat and a swift pint. Nice to see you again Keith, then back to the boat for a meal. Guess were we went in the evening? Beer Tent. Had to try a few more samples, pity they only seem to come in pint pot's. Met up with Paul and Jane and Ken and Lynda ( The Smiffs!) and attempted to dent the contents of quite a few barrels. Good night was had...... Must add, the music was really good, even Toyah! (Ali - the band after were better Muphey's Marbles with Sean Cannon from the Dubliners)
Sunday dawned warm and bright. Still did not tempt us out early thought. I wonder why? Had another wander, as Ken and Lynda are looking for a builder after the sad closure of Beacon, we met with them on a few occasions over the weekend and had the odd coffee together, but in all honesty, more frequently the odd alcoholic beverage. After perusing the stalls and NOT being tempted by the overpriced fare on offer on site, together with Jane and Paul we walked the short distance to The Moorings for a late afternoon Sunday lunch. The food was good, but could have done with being a little hotter in all honesty. Guess were we ended up for the evening? Another good night.
Monday, was wet, wet, wet. But we had a wander, met up with Ken and Lynda and even had a look around a few boats. By this time, we were flagging and so after saying our goodbyes, we retired to the boat and chilled out.
A really good weekend. A well organised show, pity the sun was not in its favour more often, but that's Crick! Now home and recovering. Work for Ali in the morning and guess what, she has a cold!
President and Kildare leaving Crick Marina this morning
Duck & her ducklings have a drink in one of the many puddles