Well, its about time I introduced you all to a new member of the crew on board Rosie. Meet "Abbie" who is now my permanent companion to help crew the boat. Abbie is a retired lady aged a whole twelve years. She is very fit and active and like me also loves nothing better that a soft comfortable lap to sleep on.
|Abbie -n- Poppy|
Abbie joined us on a recent cruise to see if she would settle on the boat OK. She stayed for three weeks over Easter. She proved to be a good sailor in that she never fell overboard. She tended to prefer sitting on the side in the boat cockpit watching the world go by whilst keeping company with whoever was at the tiller.
I true to form went over the side on our return back to the marina. So I have maintained my record of at least one dunking per trip!
Abbie also has the endearing habit of inviting herself onto any boat moored nearby to carryout a full inspection. So far her list includes Narrow boat, Dutch barge and GRP Cruiser. I think she is working down a tick list of boat types. If nothing else, an inquisitive and slightly over friendly Wire Haired Fox Terrier soon helps you to make a few new acquaintances on other boats moored nearby.
I love the picture taken on the back steps of the boat, as it looks like I am stood next to a mirror.