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Why a Narrowboat? A Combination of Things…

As the time fast approaches our move aboard and we visit canal sites to perform our last duties as gongoozlers, we’ve realised rather than standing by canal bridges, we will soon be going under them

Combination - Great Bedwyn - Bridge image

We’ve also started to analyse what it is that makes the move aboard so appealing. The conclusion is it’s a culmination & combination of things.

Culmination and Combination

It seems to be that moving aboard a narrowboat is a culmination of things we have experienced in the past

Glastonbury – the trek in, the excitement of the alternative, the sights, smells & sounds, the Green Fields of Glastonbury, setting up camp. Lots of different areas to explore.

Camping – under canvas, making a home in the outdoors and moving from place to place. Oh, and tea from a Ghillie Kettle.

Holidays in a Campervan – setting off on an adventure with all you need, packed into every little nook and cranny.

A Land Rover Defender – its strength, engineering and industial heritage.

Outdoors – walking, exploring, map reading, photographing

In some part, living aboard a narrowboat is a combinations of the essenses of the above experiences.

Well, that’s what we keep telling ourselves 😉

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View from a bridge at Great Bedwyn

See you on The Cut.

 

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We’ve Got a Date To Move Aboard!

Yes! We’ve got a date to move aboard!

Express Delivery

I’ve just got off the phone from the marina and everything is on track for the weekend of the 28th April. The boat will be taken out of the water late afternoon of Wednesday 25th, a series of mechanics & assorted tradespersons will swarm over it from roof to bilge, working their various kinds of magic and all being well, we should take delivery Monday 30th 🙂

Suddenly, it’s all very real.

A Canal Visit

We visited the Kennett and Avon canal yesterday.

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Bradford-On-Avon

Firstly, we visited Bradford-On-Avon for breakfast at The Lock Inn Cafe and then to gongoozle at the lock. Two narrowboats passed through together – A hire boat paired with a 70ft Traditional with a Lister HR2 engine (a god amongst engines). The thoughts that we will have to manage this in three week’s time were sobering. However, I’m sure a tot of rum will help with that (only joking, it will probably be two 😉 ).

 

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Great Bedwyn Wharf

Secondly, we visited Great Bedwyn and its canal wharf. It’s mooring of barges & narrowboats, bridges and a lock in the warmth & sunshine of a snatch of Spring, re-enforced  why we’re doing this thing. We were inspired to visit there by pouring over Jim Batty‘s excellent book; Narrowboat Life – Discover Life Afloat on the Inland Waterways from Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd. If you are contemplating a life on the ocean wave canal, or just curious there’s no better resource. It gives a real insight.

 

Just think, with that date – it’s only a few weeks time and we’ll be walking those towpaths for real!

 

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