The Cruise of the Dondevoy


Today was spent in searching Cambridge for additional kit for the boat. I slowly and stiffly crawled out of my sleeping bag at midday, and set off; I now think I have everything, except milk and sugar, but they are not important.

Fantastic! Today I found a shop which sells those small camping tin-openers - I thought nobody made them any more, but apparently they are made by Morfed (S. Wales) Ltd., Caerphilly. They are, despite their small size, most efficient.

The tin opener on the right is the type I used. Very compact and worked amazingly well. Picture from

I shall not attempt to start the motor until tomorrow at the earliest, for if there happens to be anything wrong, I will be able to do nothing until a garage opens on Monday.

I heard a wonderful "Pinteresque" expression in the Green Dragon yesterday; one woman was saying to another "If I had my way, I'd rip out the sage and onion, and stuff it with a can of peas". I missed the rest of the conversation, but I kept on hearing isolated sentences, which had my father and me in stitches.

Blast! Rain is forecast for tomorrow; I could do with fine weather while I am getting organised on board - I still have not sewn enough tapes on the flaps of my tent; perhaps I will get around to it tomorrow.

Great company at Number 15 tonight - some relations of Pat's, and three blokes someone had met on the river. At midnight several of us went to the children's playground across the river and spent a damp but hilarious half-hour on the swings.

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