I managed to persuade Val to come out for a paddle in the canoe today. It's the first time she's been out in it and it seems appropriate that I finally got her out given the heritage of the open canoe and the fact that she's a bonafide Blackfoot Indian!
We loaded the boat onto the van and quickly nipped into town to get some eats for a picnic then headed off. Loch Lomond was fairly calm and we soon got around to wallaby island where we stopped for lunch and a wander about. Val spotted a wallaby bouncing away into the undergrowth but I wasn't quick enough to get a picture on this occasion. Back in the boat we headed off again and were back at the van in good time. It was only a quick paddle but it was good to get Val out the house for a while after her recent illness and I didn't want to overdo it. She enjoyed the canoe but says she'd prefer to take her kayak once she's fit enough again as she likes be independent.