Tuesday Photo Challenge – Challenge

Frank’s theme for this week’s challenge is: Challenge.

Photo: Offenham July 2015, our first trip to Stratford Upon Avon.

The boat was home for three years and our first trip to Stratford was our first major challenge once we’d got used to life as liveaboards.
We were boat virgins, having never had so much as a boating holiday, and for me I’d never even been on a narrowboat, let alone anticipated living on one!
Now throw into the equation locks, all of which were manually operated, and two people who basically had no idea what they were doing.

Hubby came up with the idea of driving up to the first lock and watching how it was done. I was fascinated how they worked and helped out a few times, so I was really keen to put what I’d learned into practice when our time came.
Some of those locks were hard work as the gates were heavy and I couldn’t move them on my own. Getting the boat in and out was a challenge for me as it’s nothing like driving a car!  You have thirty something feet in front of you and four behind, so it was an ‘interesting experience’ and yeah, I felt a bit like a pin ball as I nudged one gate and then the other. Still, they always said that boating was a ‘contact sport’.

Photos: Outside and inside Luddington Lock, one of the deeper locks on the River Avon.

There were 17 locks on the river, and we completed the journey three times plus the single trip when we took the boat up for brokerage in April 2017, which was followed by our first ever trip on the canals with even more locks and the unknown.
I wouldn’t change that time, or its challenges, for anything.
Photo: Berthed opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon, July 2016


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour 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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Tuesday Photo Challenge – Challenge

  1. jenanita01 says:

    love boats, but hate locks…

  2. i can’t imagine living on a boat. You were brave.

    • It was a good time actually. Sure it was a shock living in such a small space and we had to get rid of practically everything we owned, but the boat was well equipped and we were warm and dry. It was the only sensible option available to us at the time as house prices were getting away from us. Renting anywhere would take our savings which could never be replaced, plus we had the dog and most lets we could have afforded didn’t allow pets. I’m glad we did it, as it was a good learning curve and appreciation of what we had, what we needed and what we could do without.

      • Living on a boat was certainly thinking outside the box 🙂 Did you WiFi

      • We were lucky in having a residential mooring, and WIFI was free, when it was working! We had to pay local taxes, electricity and bottled gas on top of our mooring fees but water was free and we topped up our tank every week.
        If we had been water gypsies, it would have been a lot different though a lot of people are and it works for them.

  3. SarahC says:

    wow that is so cool, i had no idea about locks, that boat living sounds very interesting

  4. colonialist says:

    Been there, thrown in at the deep end (except canals only have shallow ends). A thrilling week of opening two gates when one would do, speeding, and making all the other mistakes of novices in a narrowboat. It was GREAT!

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