Miss Baudet (the current name for The Boat For My Potplants) went naked, all for the sake of preparation.
When one is invited to take part in this year's Wivenhoe Open Gardens, one must have one's boat spic and span - and that means one must clean the canvas canopy.
This entails one taking it off, pressure-washing it, and putting it back on - unfortunately in gale-force winds.
It wasn't easy, but with thanks to 'Erindoors, one managed it.
Now one has to think up how to turn the boat into a garden.
Last time it was with a gorilla.
This year, especially as Nellie the dwarf twin elephant in 'Mister Tap' is fresh in one's mind, one is now in search of a Nellie-lookalike.
And, as the Maire of Montolieu MIGHT be visiting that weekend, one wants to put on a good display.
So, if anyone has one to lend one, do let one know.
Ta very much.