This years paddle started from Machells Copice on the east side of Lake Coniston and it was dry for once. There was not a bit of rain to be seen well for about an hour at least then the heavens opened but we didnt really notice it by then.
Decked out in festive hats which included the stuffed turkey we all set off on our journey up and around Coniston water. The level of the lake was quite high though not as high as it was days earlier where the force of the water had literally raised a pier out if its footings.
There were quite a few families and members out on the water today in a variety of craft with all having a great time. We had a refuelling stop at the Bluebird Cafe which did a cracking hot chocolate complete with marshmallows, cream and flakes. Here the teams continued with their search for items to cross off their list.
Andy had organised a quiz for everyone. We had to find things such as a stone that looked like a musical instrument, a berry, a crumpled leaf, a paddle made from nature, a feather, etc. Some teams were quite inventive and due to a lack of berries someone put a blackberry phone in their bag. John whittled a paddle out of a twig and my attempt at making a paddle looked ok and not at all like the prehistoric axe everyone else thought it resembled. Despite the number of ducks and birds around there was a surprising lack of feathers. Cari had a difficult and mucky time sorting out through bags of wet old leaves, rubbish etc to find the most complete bag. It was a close finish but all had fun with Scott just having the edge over the lads.
Cari had kindly made more hot chocolate and decorated ginger biscuits and had it waiting for us as we got off the water. It was a brilliant day all round and a great start to the New Year.
Thanks go to those that transported the boats up to the lake and made it all possible.
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