So it has taken about a month for the validation of renewals, and now possibly a further month to finalise the allocation of the vacated licences. If memory serves, Amy & James got a heads-up about the chance of being offered a licence a few weeks before finally getting one, so it's not looking good for me this time around. Ho-hum.
I'll give it another week or two before pestering the council again.
Digging through my photos the other day, I found the original photo I used as the main banner for this blog:
|Note: To achieve the soft-focus, I deliberately left the camera lens greasy. :-)|
It was April last year, and I just happened to be wandering past Jesus Lock while it was being operated (a rare event) so I started snapping away. The boat going through is ChYpPS (Children and Young people’s Participation Scheme) Community Play Boat. Funded by a Lottery grant, she cost £130,000 and her maiden launch had been two months earlier. Local kids were involved with decisions regarding layout and design, and, according to the council, "[the boat] will give children opportunities for urban adventure play, which is all about taking risks in a safe and supervised environment." - didn't we used to call it 'having fun'?
|Gongoozlers look on as the bottom gates are opened.|
|Trusty First Mate.|
|Plenty of room on board this 57' x 10' widebeam narrowboat.|
|Friendly skipper - had a laugh and a joke with onlookers.|
|What a glorious day to be out on the water!|
Edited to add: On reflection, I suspect the younger gongoozlers in the above photos were actually ChYpPS passengers that had been dropped off before the lock. The red balloons should have been the giveaway!