As we laboured in the soggy central Area G, the sound of splashing came to my ears, accompanied by strange shrieks and hoots. Was this evidence that at last a bittern had taken up residence, or perhaps some cranes had bred? Or was it something going "feather-footed across the plashy fen"? No, the truth was quickly apparent; Margaret had fallen full-length in the wettest bit. Unsportingly, she didn't stay down there long enough for a [hoto, so we have to put up with this.
She wasn't happy, nor does she look it, but having gone home and changed she was back smiling in time to dispense the tea at the break.
This working party was the debut for our new drag sheet, which Chairman John had designed with great care. It is a further refinement to our working methods, easing the burden for the volunteers a little more. And it looks quite snazzy, especially when compared to the tired old yellow sheets we still use.
We decided it would be fun to see if we could daisy-chain two sheets together: it worked well enough, although it meant there were two sheets to unload together at the end of the pull. I'm all for seeing how many we can chain together!
16 of us turned out today, on a rather grim morning which treated us to several showers, although none were too severe. We achieved a lot; much of the area to cut has already been done, as can be seen from this.
Here is Chairman John's message of thanks:
This morning showed off SCT Volunteers at our very best and those of you who helped today can be proud of what was achieved on behalf of our community. I think we were 16 in total which seems to be a number which generates a good working spirit, despite the odd shower or two and a pretty bleak outlook on the weather front most of the time. So thank you one and all for heeding the call and helping to put us back on track for what we have to do this season. The next session will be in two weeks time, 29th November, continuing where we left off today. It will be the last meet before Christmas and the New Year so lets make it a good one. Margaret recovered a dark green, Millett's waterproof jacket which she would love to return to its owner, so if that's you please call 01263 834486 to get it back. Best wishes and regards John