The canal boat: ‘At least I’m not dead’
Aug03

The canal boat: ‘At least I’m not dead’

At the start of the week, the boat and canal were treated with healthy respect.They are dangerous after all. If my daughter wanted to go on the roof, we lifted her carefully up and down again. The kids all have life jackets, but the weather was very hot, so life jackets became for locks only.   Pretty soon, the kids were growing in confidence, clambering up and down the roof, walking along it or the narrow ledge along the side of...

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Canal boat tales
Aug02

Canal boat tales

A canal boat holiday is certainly a varied experience. It’s like no other holiday in the world. Here’s some of the things we encountered. There was some serious bed hopping going on and we got stuck in the mud. Going native   Being on a canal boat has a lot in common with the water shortages of the floods in 2007 – See my water shortage post here Cleanliness and fashion considerations go right out the window....

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Mud running
Jul31

Mud running

  My daughter, the most holiday-phobic, least adaptable of my children seemed a bit out of sorts on our first day on the canal boat. So I suggested we get off the boat and walk. I thought a bit of quality time would cheer her up. After only a minute we came across some mud.     My daughter doesn’t like mud. Or dirt. So she wasn’t very happy about this mud. Which was VERY wet and full of puddles. She...

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Bed hopping
Jul30

Bed hopping

  When things are going well, there is nowhere on earth I’d rather be than on a canal boat. The scenery is beautiful and, if the weather is good, it’s the best place to be. It has just the right balance of relaxation and keeping busy. There is no time to get bored on the canal with aqueducts and tunnels and lift bridges to deal with. Oh, and washing up. And I LOVE the locks. I realised last week that they’re not...

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Canal boat
Jul10

Canal boat

My mother-in-law has a canal boat. Way, way back in the day, before my kids were even a twinkle in the eye, my husband and I had a couple of happy holidays on that canal boat. Once on our own and once with friends. And in the summer holidays, we’re going back. This time with kids! A canal boat holiday is unique. You are completely cut off from the ‘real world’. Your world is the water, the tow path, the trees, the...

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