Messing around in boats


Going into the weekend, I thought I would offer something completely different. No llamas involved (If that seems like a non sequitor, spend your weekend catching up on Monty Python), but there is a toad and a rat, a mole and a badger!

While Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is known as a children’s book, it was not written as such and many adults find joy in it and I get the feeling that some folks could use an infusion of joy this weekend. I choose it today as the origin of the phrase “messing around in boats.” Just be warned, it is more about life, and maybe a river, than it is about boats.

With a little luck, you might even be able find the original TV show or the 1995 movie.

Keep safe, keep learning

Tanya Weimer

Believe me my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats,” says Ratty to Mole in the classic novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’