Just because I did all the stuff to qualify as a volunteer helmsman for CRT, it doesn't mean the qualification stands in perpetuity. Apparently I have to do at least 400 hours boating over a five year period otherwise I would have to go through a reassessment procedure. So rather belatedly, they've issued me with one of these:
Its a smart little log book in which I have to record all the boating I do - date, vessel details, waterway, hours, and (ominously) any "incidents". Fortunately I am allowed to include hours I do aboard Herbie, so keeping the numbers up will be easy peasy. Backdating my entries for a few months I already have 154 hours logged.
Changing the subject- I have at last returned to flinging my deathless prose at the computer screen and filling up the virtual pages of my next blockbuster novel, working title Eric II. I had suffered an extended period of writers block after getting poor Eric into a spot I couldn't see a way out of. Time is a great healer and Eric is now moving again, so I'm up to 22746 words and counting. I guess that's about a quarter of the book. Quite how I will fill the other three quarters I have no idea, but I am having great fun researching one particular aspect which shall remain secret for now. My target is to complete the book before complete senility sets in, so I'm in quite a hurry.