The last few months have not been easy for paddling. There has been the knock on effects of COVID. The less reported bird flu which closed the lake. More storms and strong winds than were really necessary. Added to the cold dark weather and thoughts can turn to a warm fire and mug of hot choccy.

But now spring is officially here. Soon we’ll have lighter evenings and getting back to the water becomes a realistic target for those with more sense than to see how numb hands can get in winter.

The time is right to start thinking about getting out on real water again.

Head in pool. Kayaks in background