On return to Wivenhoe I managed to replace the canopy all on my own, and mighty fine it looks too.
I was so in the mood to continue cleaning that I thought I must take advantage of an unusual opportunity. My nautical neighbour John had taken his boat out, meaning that I had unprecedented port and starboard (ooh, er, missus, listen to me talking the lingo), access to my boat's sides.
So I baled out my little tender and paddled along with sponge in hand. The boat's looking a million rupees now, all spic and span ready to receive the gorilla on board for the Wivenhoe Open Gardens.
'GORILLA?!?', I hear you cry.
To be continued.