Early next morning the eldest crew member (let’s call him Dave) and myself went in to town to do some shopping and get chatting to some very friendly Dutch girls behind the fruit and veg counter, quipping that we’d sailed a long way to sample their melons (you had to be there). Dave was getting a little over-excited at their friendly demeanour so we pushed on back to the boat
Gouda is a very pretty town with a great town hall. Well worth a visit. Mind you, the net curtains and window ornaments were getting worse. Lifesize goblins in one window. Why? I guess with its waterways and spires and river houses Holland does look quite magical but statues of goblins made it feel like Middle Earth. I felt like I was being stalked by the Nazgul.