Thursday Photo Prompt: Eye

A picture such as this makes me miss the boat!
Cool and reflective, the water a millpond of peace and tranquility.
Our boat wouldn’t have fitted under this bridge, we were too tall, even with the covers off.
However, on our travels up the Avon river to Stratford, we would pass similar bridges, our routes underneath clearly marked with blue arrows as to which arch to take.
We nearly came a cropper on our first return journey when someone coming up river didn’t sound their horn or give way on a blind bend under a bridge, yet we had right of way coming down.

Photos: our boat opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
(top 2016 taken from the park side, bottom 2015 taken from the theatre side)

Our boat, 41 feet long and just 6’10” wide, was home for three years.
The winters were ‘different’ to those in a house, but we were warm, cosy and dry.
Most of all it was quiet.
Out on the river there were no speeding cars, no loud music, with just perhaps the occasional blues and twos sirens drifting across the air in the background.
The pace was slow and leisurely, and I scared myself silly doing 4 mph on the water as it’s like 50 on the road!

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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19 Responses to Thursday Photo Prompt: Eye

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    A lovely insight into something i have always fancied 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    It sounds such a wonderful way to spend your days Di, why did you give it up?

    • Health mainly, Hubby’s mobility is getting worse, and things were getting expensive to live in the marina. We could have found alternative moorings, but they weren’t residential and you need an address for TPTB like the tax man and banks. We also have a financial matter hanging over us which is likely to reduce our already meagre income by over a third. We have our age against us for work, but don’t qualify for a state pension for another 4 and 5 years. We won’t get any help from the state because I was ‘sensible’ and have a pension pot, which has to do 15 years now instead of 9. We’ll manage, but it will be tough, yet easier in a house than on the boat.

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  4. teandpaper says:

    Wow! gorgeous boat, should have being a great time when you were living there, but I imagine lots of work too.

    • It was a lovely life. Winter and keeping the condensation at bay was the worst bit. Being a Sea Otter, she was made of aluminium, so no blacking or hull maintenance was necessary. Hubby could do his own servicing, and we had central heating on board so stayed nice and warm. Last year everyone had problems with unwanted moisture and mold because it was so mild, just very damp. Keeping on top of it and keeping clothes dry became a challenge, but we managed. The people who bought her aren’t liveaboards though so she will be ‘winterised’ and hopefully they shouldn’t have any problems.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting and different life.

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