Recently it became apparent from their blog, that their route plan would bring them through Wakefield and as such, a dialogue was opened. I make no secret of the fact I was desperate to get a good look on their boat and they very graciously invited us on to it for drinks yesterday afternoon.
That's one of the good things about boaters - like I mentioned in my most recent posting, 99/100 of them have a natural willingness to make new friends and inbuilt hospitality...Doug and James are no exception.
The plan was to meet them at the visitor moorings about 4.30 ... which did mean a bit of a dash home from work and clean up for me. Luckily, at the moment I'm in wood-working mode so it was "clean muck" if you follow.
On route, we noticed the traffic was going rather slowly and it wasn't until we got to the round-a-bout, that we noticed a bee keeper trying to 'gather' a swarm that had set up tempory home around a plastic bollard.
I remember reading the reviews at the time but never thought we'd end up on the boat!
Given the proximity of the pub, we trolled off to have an early tea (for the benefit of any non-northern readers, this is more commonly referred to as 'dinner')
I'm not sure if Andy and I will be able to go back in again for a while as the 'drinking contingent' were quite ... how shall I put it? ... raucous! When the bill came, James very kindly insisted on treating us - which was lovely as our funds are extremely limited at the moment whilst we try and cobble together the final balance due for the boat.
On route back for coffee, I snapped a couple of pics of the outside -