Apart from whizzing around in circles (skiing or towing inflatable, posing between the piers on the occasional fine weather weekend
Yes JK some people like to do that. Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon, in an attempt to get out of cutting the lawn, I took 'er indoors (
), youngest child Natalie (22 yrs
) and dog Scarlet
(Jack Russell, but not like Bill Davison at all) to Kingsbury Waterpark, which is about 20 minutes drive away.
There are lots of nice 'nature' walks and of course being a 'waterpark', lots of lakes. So after parking the car and debussing by numbers (you have to have been in the services to understand that) orft we jolly well went. Lo and behold I hear sweet music. To you and I, the sound of outboard motors screaming away.
"Ah", I say, "that sounds like motorboats on one of the lakes, let's take a look".
Of course the boss
eyes me with that look (you married chaps know the look I mean). She thinks that I knew all about these boats beforehand. I know that no pleading will convince her otherwise so I keep my mouth shut.
Anyway, we arrive waterside and there they are, long sleek boats with big outboard motors, zooming around the lake. Some have bits of string behind with inflated thingys bouncing up and down in their wake with young children clinging periously on. Is this some sort of child abuse?
Well we watch for a while.
The big blue boat goes around the lake 3 times scattering a flock of geese on it's way. Then it stops. Then it goes around the lake 3 times, scattering a flock of geese on it's way. Then it stops. Then it goes around the lake 3 times, scattering a flock of geese on it's way. Then it stops.
Next the big red boat goes out. The big red boat goes around the lake 3 times scattering a flock of geese on it's way. Then it stops. The big red boat goes around the lake 3 times scattering a flock of geese on it's way. Then it stops. The big red boat goes around the lake 3 times scattering a flock of geese on it's way. Then it stops.
Then it is the big blue boat's turn again. Well you get the picture. Oh yes, and of course the lake was flat (I mean no waves Bill, I know that the lake wont be on a slope).
I wandered over to one of the 'in crowd'.
"Do they ever go around the other way?" I asked.
Sharp intake of breath. "The other way?" I felt as if I had asked a very stupid question. "No, no, no", came the reply, "The lake belongs to the council."
This last sentence was obviously all the explanation the informant thought I needed.
We watched for a while then wandered off so that Scarlett
could have a c**p (picked up by
in a plastic bag I might add, we are responsible owners).
I took the telephone number of the motorboat club secretary. You see that lake was very pretty, the scenery was nice. I can imagine on a sunny afternoon sitting having a picnic and a potter around the lake on little Quicksilver. I might even bring it back down again for next summer. However I have the feeling that pottering around will be restricted to three laps in the same direction. Perhaps I won't bother after all.
Now back to the point (was there one? - Yes, just listen will you). These people had big fast boats but they were apparently content with blasting round in circles whilst torturing small children.
I have a small sib with an engine one tenth the size of those on back of the big fast boats on Kingsbury. I would get fed up very quickly of going round in circles three times.
I like the excitement of going out to sea, where there are waves, currents, dolphins, rocks, scenery, unexplored coves and caves. Where you need a GPS, a VHF radio, charts. And yes, where there is a little DANGER.
I wonder if any of those watery 'merry go round' boats had ever been out to sea?
So JK yes, some people seem to be happy whizzing around and posing, but it seems that this is not for the members of this forum, whether they have big boats or small boats.
Keith (by the way I was forced into cutting the grass when we got home) Hart