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Christmas Paddle, Dec 2023

Hands up for Christmas!

Yes, it is that time of year again – time for the annual CKC Christmas Paddle!

Even though the wind was gusting force 5 in our faces as we launched and the fluvial flow significant, we still had an enjoyable, although short, paddle.

Meeting up in the late afternoon sunshine, meant that we could all easily decorate the kayaks with tinsel and lights (and the odd inflatable Christmas tree). As well as finding our Santa hats.

Santa hats on
Decorating the kayaks

Deciding to go behind Brentford Ait was a very good choice after we saw some photos from the bank of the water alongside Syon House.

Buoy at Syon House

The flow didn’t dampen the spirits and one of the groups coordinated and sang the Gloria chorus of “Ding-Dong Merrily on High” carol as we all floated back to Kew Bridge – making sure they stalled under the bridge arch to get the best sound! Some thought that laminated carol sheets under the deck lines would be a good idea for next year too.

Some of the CKC carol singers

After arriving back at the Arches we had an impromptu Christmas party in the kitchen at the Arches, with the mince pies, chocolate cake, sausage rolls and hot spiced apple juice. For one CKC member it was the first time he had eaten a mince pie, and was initially skeptical that a pie with mince in it was traditional British Christmas food! However it was found to be good and got the thumbs up!

A great afternoon of paddling, singing, eating, drinking and trying new things – Happy Christmas to everyone!

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