Isn’t it great to see so much paddling going on in the winter. There was a time when you had be really hard core to put a boat on the water once the frosts had started, but improvements in equipment seem to have lead to changes in attitude and we no longer receive quite so many querying looks when we go afloat at this time of year. That said, the Santa outfit (not on me!) and hats that were part of my club’s festive foray last weekend still turned one or two heads among the Thames-side walkers. Here’s wishing a merry Christmas and happy New Year to all.