A Rafting Adventure

 

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Yesterday my family and some daredevil friends built a raft from scratch, just like Burn in my book. Our raft was a little more ‘user friendly’.

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The bones of our raft, the Coniston Queen, are laid out ready to assemble while instructions are given from Adam from Joint Adventures.

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Learning to knot tie – the most important part if you wish to stay dry!

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Inserting buoyancy barrels – also important if you don’t wish to sink!

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Giving the raft a good shake to make sure she remains in one piece!

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She looks great! Really sturdy!

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Off they go! The raft has a slight lean but so far so good.

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Her intrepid crew paddled out into the middle of the lake and the Coniston Queen remained firm.

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They paddled down a river – more green than copper!

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A bridge hazard! Everyone lie down! The underneath of the bridge missed them by a nose width!

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Made it!

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It was hard work paddling against the current… or so I was told!

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Back on the lake. I love these shots taken into the sun. They remind me of scenes from To The Left of Your North Star.

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Coming into land. The water was freezing… again, so I was told!

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A celebratory jump because the Coniston Queen had held firm and they hadn’t got too wet!

Many thanks to Adam from Joint Adventures.

My book To The Left of Your North Star is available from Amazon here. You can see recent reviews here. And author interviews here and here.

All photographs copyright of Michelle Peart 2017

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