Saturday, 3 May 2008

Swallows and Amazons .... Happy Birthday Nanny!

Happy Birthday Nanny Norfolk! Aaaagh Years Old Today!!

No waving family members nanny, but thought you'd like to see the adventures of your very own Swallows and Amazons, taken by S last weekend. As she took over 300 pics I've just picked a few of the best!

This is a tale of two brothers who were once Swallows sailing together, and now we have them with their own offspring, and so have split into the 'Swallows' and the 'Amazons'. (NB: The Swallows belong to me and have an old mirror dinghy bought off ebay, and the Amazons belong to my SIL and have a flash new boat thingy bought at the Boat Show, flash so and so's)
Now in all days out which are mainly organised by men they have to stand about and discuss the day for some time before they actually get round to doing anything, sorry I meant they plan in detail so nothing goes wrong. Here they are making a detailed plan:

Now if its your first trip out as a Swallow its pretty exciting:

But invariably you start to get in Swallow Seniors way and have to be given a job to do:

Finally, the Swallows are launched and off on their maiden voyage:

Safety boat looks like he's following them! There's no exciting island to sail to, but Kent's just across the water so maybe he thought he'd just keep an eye, after all you would have to pass through a shipping channel to get there. The Amazons follow shortly after:

Swallows and Amazons together:

Mmmm now whats happening, the brothers seem to have abandoned their children and are making their escape by sea:

So what do Junior Swallows and Amazons do when they've been abandoned, play 'swimming in a buoyancy aid' of course, and most probably get in everyones way:

So this weekend they're off again to sail of course!

And as for Arthur Ransome's book, sorry but as those of you who know me already know boats of any type are not my thing, and this must be the most boring book I've ever read, I've had to pass it over to dh to read aloud because I start yawning as soon as I pick it up!!!!!!!!


Maymomvt said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I love boating and wish we had a sailboat. I confess that I have found "Swallows and Amazons" to be very boring as well. It won't be a read aloud at our house :)

Tammy said...

Lol.....we loved the book! To each his own I guess. ;)

The sailing looks like so much fun. What a great way to spend the day!

Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing the great sailing photos; it looks like a lot of fun.

Thea said...

I couldn't even watch the movie/tv show of it....

.. as for the boating it got real old for us after living on a boat for a number of years.

ruth said...

Glad it wasn't just me who only got through the first chapter of Swallows and Amazons. The sailing looks great fun :)

Bridget said...

Lovely pictures, I use to sail in my youth, gave it up when I discovered boys! Oh they've got a lot to answer for!