Dawn on Sunday morning revealed a bright, clear winter day in complete contrast the dull grey and overcast conditions we've had recently, so I took the opportunity for an early run along the river while the light frost was still on the ground.
When I got back home we decided to walk down the river to Nautical Nelly's cafe for breakfast and take Joe to see the donkeys.
In fact it was such a nice day that I couldn't resist the chance to launch Gato Negro for a row, the tide was perfect I pushed against the end of the ebb, neap tide all the way down river to Hamble and rowed back with the wind behind me on the stand.
Going up and down the river three times in one day might seem excessive, but I write this on Monday evening with rain lashing at the windows, take the opportunity when you can.
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