Fun on a Lake, A Good Book and Planning a Canal Cruise

Last Sunday saw the sun shining again, so we packed a picnic and headed to Rother Valley Country Park. Β  Set in the Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the park has 4 artificial lakes, nature reserves and plenty of recreational activities, including a water skiing/wake boarding cable system, an inflatable obstacle course, a water sports area, including hiring of paddle boards and various types of boats, there’s also a sailing club and a separate lake solely for jet skiers. There are also plenty of lovely walks to enjoy Β around the lakes and nature reserves and also some biking routes.

IMG_0871Jon has a little sailing boat, ‘one of his many projects’ stored at the park so we had gone there to work a little on that, as it’s in need of a little tender loving care before we’re able to take it on the water, hopefully this summer so Jon says…Β it was at that moment when I couldn’t help raising my eyebrows a little quizzically.

We’d also fancied hiring a paddle board to have a go, after my last ‘Amazing over 50’s‘ guest, Eugenie had given us a little inspiration to have a go, but unfortunately the park was so busy, the paddle boards were already booked out for the day by the time we had arrived, so instead we decided to take Jon’s Canadian canoe, (yes another of his boats) out for a little paddle. Β So after a little sanding and glueing for the sailing boat, we put the picnic and dogs into the canoe and headed out into the Lake. Β I love canoeing and it was absolutely gorgeous to be on the water, amongst the gliding sailing boats, paddle boards, other canoeists, not to mention the geese, ducks and many other birds.

There is an island in the middle of the lake which, when we very slowly and quietly paddled alongside, realised it was absolutely full of birds, many of which I don’t know the names, but it was certainly their breeding ground and lovely to see. Β There was a Heron keeping watch over the island, either that or he was eyeing up his next fish.

We paddled to the other side of the lake to find a quiet little spot for a picnic and some relaxation…Lovely πŸ™‚

We did keep getting pestered by a couple of impatient hounds though… Rosie, who spent most of the time lying in the water waiting for us to throw something in for her and Millie… well her hope was anything from the picnic hamper! Β She’d chosen to sit next to it during the whole of the canoeing trip, just to keep it safe, I’m sure.

While Jon was catching up with a few ‘Zzzz’s’Β and if I could just ignore these two for a while, I thought I’d grab the chance to catch up on my latest ‘gripping’ book of the moment, Geoff Le Pard’s, Salisbury SquareOoo it’s good, really good! Β There’ll be a review coming soon πŸ™‚

We’re in the middle of planning our next boating adventure too. Β Our barge, our ‘home‘, needs to come out of the water at the end of July for a bit of a spruce up on it’s paint job and to have its bottom blacked, check for rust spots, a bit of welding and a general check over so we thought for the two weeks before that we’d go cruising and head for York…we’ll be setting off this Saturday πŸ™‚IMG_1460

For us here in the UK – What a great Summer we’re having with this sunny, hot weather πŸ™‚

Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer too πŸ™‚

Watch out for my boat cruising blog updates as we head on up to York πŸ™‚

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