The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


Today was to be a shopping day, as I had virtually no stores in the boat, or so I thought. It was not until afterwards that I was to find eleven large tins of baked beans in the front compartment.

During the past few days, I have been getting friendly with Paul and Barbara from the narrow boat Fox; they were hurriedly getting ready for the rally, when the Lady Mayoress was to dine aboard their boat, so I was able to help in a small way. They very kindly gave me a few meals, and numerous cups of coffee. They took me up to The Greyhound pub at Sutton Stop, to meet Joe and Rose Skinner, who are nearly always there in the evening. Joe's greeting to Barbara was a lecherous hand on her knee, and a cry of "Ain't you got no stockings on then, gal?" Rose, meanwhile, allowed me to buy her a Guinness, and as a toast, said "Well, this won't catch the last one, then!" The pair of them led the conversation all evening, the place would not be the same without them.


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