BBC2 Escape to the Country

A team from Thames Talkback came here at the end of July to film a programme about making coracles (ancient portable boats).  Denise, the presenter, and I started to make one out of hazel rods on the grass alongside the millpond.  The boat is made upside down, so we pushed the rods into the earth at regular intervals to form an oval, and then we bent them over, working on opposite sides, and tied them roughly in the middle with baler twine until the frame was made.  Luckily someone from the last course had left their coracle behind, so we were both able to go out and I was able to show her how to paddle.  The team were hoping that she would fall in (very easily done), and were filming from a rowing dinghy nearby, using an underwater camera in a plastic bag.  She got the hang of paddling very quickly and they didn't get the hoped-for shot.  It was a lovely evening by the time they had finished and a joy to paddle around on the water.