31st July saw a happy group of us set off for the annual picnic paddle. We took the boats up to Pangbourne early and waited with Stormy for everyone to arrive. It was a cold but sunny start to the day, especially for those who experienced the river a little earlier than anticipated! Once boats were allocated we set off to enjoy our day, I was lucky enough to share a boat with Alice who kept me entertained with her energy and chatting all day!
We arrived at Mapledurham lock and had fun sinking down with the water, then carried on through to the beach where picnics were enjoyed by all. Next was the official messing about in the river – luckily it was lovely and warm by then. Nigel and the kids and some of the big kids (adults) swam, sank boats, splashed one another and generally had a good time for a couple of hours before setting off back to the club just as the cows decided to come for their lunchtime swim. A leisurely paddle downstream took us back to the club where, of course, we ended the day jumping into the river multiple times! Another successful picnic paddle!