La Belle Époque has come to an end.
Today was the last day of a golden summer.
And yes, it was just a little bit decadent and more than a little bit self indulgent.
In fact it was just plain, old-fashioned downright fun.
We met Paul and Chrissie (who built Honey and cared for her for 18 years) for lunch on the banks of the Ouse in the centre of York. With the appropriate lubrication, we chatted about the boat we all love and the good times that are continuing on her.
Their kindness continued with gifts of wine, spare rope and a toolbox - they know the way to a man's heart!
We discussed fuel filters and bilge pumps, antifreeze and coolant, calorifiers and toilets.
And we finished with a leisurely cruise through the centre of York to the Archbishop's palace and back into the heart of town...
...where we tidied everything up, emptied the fridge, isolated the batteries and then carried the laundry to the car.
Tomorrow, we all return to work and school.
Next weekend, we take Honey back to her home mooring - and there she will have to stay until October half term.
Well, we'll probably break her out of jail for a weekend or two before then...