Today was commissioning day down at the Ancient & Vulnerable St Deny's Sailing & Rowing Club, This traditionally marks the start of spring when all the boats are made ready for the new boating season. Nowadays its more of an excuse for a spring clean.
There was a good turn out of the usual suspects lending a hand. Mavis was getting her nooks and crannies cleaned out before yet another coat of varnish. All the detritus was swept out of the Boat House, including the flotsam from a couple of very high spring tides which can reach the back of the shed.
The Slipway was pressure-washed of all its slippery muck, we even cleaned the loo. The sun came out and for the first time this year I felt its warmth on my back.
Thoughts and conversations naturally turned towards this seasons boating, in the anticipation of fine weather.
Hope Springs Eternal indeed.