If you look closely, you can see the high watermark from before I started baling (or baleing?). I calculated that the tonneau cover (which suffered a split seam and some broken bungees) was holding over a hundredweight of rain water when we visited last week. Herbie's private flood in sympathy with the poor folk in Yorkshire I suppose. The ageing tonneau was already in a somewhat delapidated state but I fear it'll now need replacing, being stretched out of shape and saggy - just waiting to catch more rain. Next time I'll build in a ridge pole.
We were out at Herbie draining her plumbing down for winter in case we get deep frosts before our next cruise. I can't see us getting any done now until the new year.
Talking about next year, we're seriously contemplating a move to a different marina, having done the dear old South Oxford to death really. Top of our list at the moment is Kings Bromley (near Rugeley, Staffs) which although further from home would give us access to waters we haven't cruised much if at all. We'd have Trent & Mersey (in both directions), Staffs and Worcs, Birmingham, and more all within reasonable reach. Watch this space.
Looking at the old calendar on the wall I notice it won't be long until the Herbie Awards season. Time to brush off the old tuxedos and posh frocks folks. Kath is in her sewing room applying sequins to her kagoul as I write. Earlier in the year I had some great ideas for new categories of award. Of course I never wrote them down so now I can't remember what they were but rest assured I'll be working on it. Any suggestions welcome.