My youngest, Elise, was asking all day if she could go to the boating lake at Dunorlan Park and “have a go on one of those pedalo things”. I was still really tired after the events of the last week, but she’d been so good this morning that I agreed.
We hired a pedalo for half an hour, and set off across the lake. Elise wanted to steer, so I provided the horsepower!
For the first fifteen minutes it was all very pleasant – sunny day, slight breeze, sedate circuits of the lake. But during a rather over-confident ‘figure of eight’ we suddenly slowed abruptly and stopped.
Trying to pretend we were deliberately standing still, we began to attract a small crowd of onlookers onshore; after ten minutes of unobtrusive pedalling and getting nowhere, the sound of a motorboat got louder, then the voice of our rescuer – “hello sir; I see you’ve found our resident sunken tree stump…”
And so we were rescued from being marooned at Dunorlan…