Great sunny dry weather and no problems at first. Then I looked across the marina to see "NO EXIT. BARRIER RAISED" on the river exit, I rushed over to the river side and the bridge where a nice fisherman said the Environment Agency had taken the boom down the day before. Phew. Set off calmly across to the opposite slip way where the nice man took £5 for use of the yard (much cheaper than our boatyard who want £150!) and gave us loads of advice as we had not recovered a boat since 1977.
As you can see all went well. Mostly due to the water level being so high we did not have to go down the slip way slope very far.
We left the swans in peace just as the rain clouds spat very cold wet at us.
Set off to try to get home by dark but the lights on the trailer failed and later we took a wrong turn which wasted 30 mins. Luckily we have a big drive area and we just left it all and went in for hot tea in front of the fire. All sorted next day and everything stored for the winter. Another end of year job done.