We left Stratford at midday on Saturday, and trying to get down to the first lock was like playing water skittles and chicken with visitors in rowing boats.
It was ridiculous that no-one seemed to see us coming (41 feet of bright blue boat weighing in at 6 tons plus was hardly invisible!) and merrily continued across our path.
Hubby blew our horn and scared the living daylights out of one rower, who panicked, so we reduced power to almost a standstill to give them a chance to decide which way they were going to go to get out of our way.
At the first lock, (Colin Witter: photo 2015), we always seem to attract an audience, and this time we had a party of students who wanted to help. Hubby gave one a mental sum to do, and when he explained to him that he had just calculated filling…
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Di I really enjoyed reading that post what a day you had! What time did you get to bed??
It wouldn’t have been much later after the wide beams had departed. Luddington is pretty quiet.
It all sounds idyllic but I bet it was hard work at times 💜
It had its moments, but it was a simple life, and we loved it. We had problems with condensation in the winter and minimal storage, but we were warm and cosy as we had central heating (no log burner which was a shame actually) and had everything we needed that mattered. If our health hadn’t started to go downhill we would probably still be on it, though not in the same marina.
It’s a very different way of life and more and more people are turning to it 💜
Or they were. It’s got very expensive because river licences, insurance, mooring fees, etc have rocketed. I’ve asked Hubby if he would consider a fortnight;’s holiday on the canals but he said no, having once owned his own, a rental would not be the same.
No I can see his point but it’s a shame I think you’d both love it 💜
He might change his mind………………
A nice memory of a cooler evening!
We had a lot of those. Fond memories Val.
Wow, the first I’ve read of your floating journey. Sounds amazing 😊
We were liveaboards for almost three years (July 2014 to April 2017). There are loads of posts here about our trials and learning curves, and our final journey taking her up for brokerage. It was a good life and we made some true friends.
what an adventure 🙂 fun times!
Thanks. There are lots of posts about our travels, though sadly we didn’t go on the canals until that final trip up for brokerage.