Volunteer's World - 2015 Archive
Our happy band of revellers have been having so much fun lately as can be seen below ! The general stripping out process of preparing Albion for her Winter maintenace program has just culminated in evey volunteers favourite task : ballast removal ! A call to arms to all and sundry was well received and as they say "many hands made light work" (although it didn't seem so at the time !).
|Think Ivor has been "gaffed" !||This is almost as unpopular as de-ballasting !|
|A hint to idle hands ?||You need a good watcher for every job !||A very fetching outfit Clive !|
|Is there any more down there ?|
|A well deserved rest - job done.|
Some familiar faces at our Open Days found time for a bit of self-pampering at Horning (Virginia) and Hoveton (Bron).
How many volunteers do you need to sail a wherry - an excercise of discovery ;-)
Our annual volunteer's cruise explored different territory this year as we explored part of the Southern River system from Oulton Broad. Find below a slightly longer than normal photographic record of a very enjoyable day.
|A pleasant start to the day.||Vital equipment delivery !||Blowing your own .... ?!|
|The snapper snapped !||Let's be 'avin you.||Sound advice !|
|Which end do you look through ?||A bit arty ?||What time does the pub open ?|
|All going well.||Striking pose(r)s ?|
|Not part of the plan - pub not open.||Taking on ballast - eventually.|
|Looking good ?||Time for reflection.||Oi skipper, if you want your supper, say "please" !|
|The bittern (click for slightly larger version) !||Back to moorings - just in time.|
Recent visits to Beccles seem to start out well but have invariably been interrupted by summer thunderstorms and the like. Well today was a little different in that we didn't even start very well and continued in the same vein until we were effectivelly rained off. At least there wasn't any thunder and lightning !
|Happy times, the 30 minute dry spell at the start of day !|
|Hope it wasn't our makeshift water-proofing that put the visitors off !|
|Probably not, but our Honda Hero lurking underneath may have !|
|Think this counts as multi-tasking to any ladies that hold that old misconception !|
Crew training has been more or less successfully completed, chartering begins.
|Who needs a winch ?||Come on, use the handle !|
|You've all done very well.||Don't think the mud weight is meant to go there !|
|Archiving teamwork !||A builder volunteers ?|
All part of the everyday volunteer's life at base.
|An unwelcome visitor upsets the paint crew !||If I lay my hands on that cat ...|
|Obvious chairmen material.||Proper volunteers material !|
|Plenty of supervision ?||This is the way to do it !|
|"Copypu" manoeuvres.||How many crew does it take to moor a "coypu" ?|
|Ouch !||One heck of an elastoplast ?|
As is customary our volunteers assembled at the Coach & Horses for a (late) Christmas celebration and forced themselves to drink copious amounts of ale (and the odd lager (diet) shandy [you know who you are !]) to dispatch generous portions of "seasonal" fare !
|Whilst some "showed the flag", others didn't !|