We were moving the (floating) foot valve on the pump inlet line this afternoon. Needed to get out one of the old Australis Bass canoes to do the job. This one has had some adventures including being trapped in ‘The Chute’ on the Thomson River (See: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/canoeing-the-thomson-river-gippsland-victoria/ & http://www.theultralighthiker.com/videos/thomson-river-canoe-trip-2006-complete/) and bent completely in half. Polyethylene is tough!
All the kids learned to paddle in these and Perception Minnows. A quarter century ago and more. We canoed most of the major rivers in Gippsland. Cheap, healthy summer fun. Try it! I will be scanning my old 35mm snaps of some of those adventures and including them in later ‘memory lane’ posts.
Della took some lovely snaps of Spot and me, daughter Merrin and grandson Milo. The dam is now officially named, ‘Lake Milo’. You can probably see why we are fighting to save it (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-dam-nuisance/) – quite apart from the water we will need in summer for our garden!
Spot says, ‘Come back Steve!’
Milo is now officially a biped. No stopping him now.
Spot wants a ride.
Spot demands a ride.
Spot gets a ride. Now Milo’s turn…
PS: For all you worry worts: in this shot the canoe is actually safely on the bank! Milo can’t quite swim yet, but at seven months he is not so far off walking!