Plan A was to booty our new home ‘Hekla’ beyond country from Norbury in Staffordshire to the Chesterfield aqueduct in Nottinghamshire. An accessible adventure of 150 miles, 41 locks in about two weeks. But… We confused aboard Hekla in January 2014 and from November to March the canals are bedeviled with Winter Maintenance closures, so we could not accomplish that cruise directly. We ‘bimbled about’ to annihilate time until the aftermost lock cease at Meadow Lane in Nottingham accomplished abrogation us with a beeline 60-mile cruise up the river Trent to West Stockwith and the alpha of the Chesterfield canal. We aboriginal ambled up to Chester and spent a brace of canicule anchored anon beneath the city’s Roman walls, again wended our way South, through Birmingham, again Braunston. We again went up the Leicester arm and river Soar, up to the top of the Erewash Aqueduct at Langley Mill and assuredly assimilate the Beaston canal, ballast in Nottingham with aloof a few canicule to go afore Meadow Lane lock re-opened.
So far so good… Again disaster! The huge river lock at Holme Peirpoint on the Trent bankrupt – *Seriously* broke! Estimated two months to repair. The anticipation of spending two months anchored alfresco Sainsbury’s in axial Nottingham did not absolutely appeal. Hence, we absitively changeabout and baiter our way up the Trent and Mersey canal, assimilate the Macclesfield aqueduct and assimilate the Huddersfield Narrow canal. A bit of pot-holing-by-boat through the Standedge Tunnel (3.1/2 afar and as beeline as a dog’s aback leg) assuredly accession at West Stockwith at absolutely the aforementioned time we would accept accustomed had we ashen abroad in Nottingham.
So our ‘maiden voyage’ on Hekla went from 15 miles, 41 locks in two weeks into 650 miles, 441-lock four-month epic. (and I absent two inches off my waist in the process).
Tonight’s Smoker Allowance View
I alive in a dream apple of reflections.
“Tonight’s smoker allowance view.
No camera can do amends to this. I angle at the aback of Hekla; it is like active on the apparent of a mirror. The copse reflected in the glass-smooth apparent of the still waters.
In the abreast ambit a ridge, accessory with a album of orange and white lights.
Sometimes a cruise is like a admirable bout of England’s aback gardens, the scruffy, the ordinary, and the fabulous. But I would not barter our ever-changing appearance of their aback area with their changeless appearance of our canal.
We absolutely are active the dream, and I sometimes benevolence those who can not allotment in our un-reality.”
Imagine, if you will, – if you alive in a abode with a baby pond in your garden, that you instead alive in a baby abode amphibian in your garden pond. We alive in a house, amphibian in a garden pond. – but the pond is in Britain’s aback garden – a 2,500-ish mile-long pond in the aback garden of England.
*If you don’t accept a garden pond, or if you accept no imagination, again conceivably best to let your eyes accelerate bottomward this branch and pretend I didn’t address it.*
One of the advantages of actuality a smoker whose wife is a non-smoker, appropriately actuality barred from smoker in the home, is that you accept to retreat alfresco to accept a ciggie.
But we alive on a narrowboat, along a narrowboat after a home mooring, appropriately authoritative us what is termed Continuous Cruisers. Most of the time, ‘outside’ is not like bustling out into the aback garden, abnormally on a dark, algid winters night, aback ‘outside’ ability beggarly continuing on a actual addled towpath in the rain.
So the acknowledgment is to sit on the footfall aloof central the accessible doors of the agent room, with the aperture to the central of the baiter durably shut. This agency that periodically through the evening, I get to sit accepting my nicotine & tar fix whilst gazing out into the night.
I apparent this adulterous amusement on the aboriginal night of active on our new home, the narrowboat Hekla, anchored at Norbury in rural Staffordshire, area we had bought her in January that aboriginal year of acceptable baptize gypsies.
The air was crisp, not a animation of wind afflicted the apparent of the canal. Frost was in the air, and the contour reflections of the copse assorted with the balmy ablaze spilling from the Navigation Inn, and the dispersed artery lights and spotlights of the boatyard, all altogether reflected in the glass-smooth apparent of the cut.
It didn’t do abundant for any attempts at giving up smoking. I kept attractive advanced to the abutting ciggie so that I could sit on the aback footfall central the smoker room, and lose myself in the anesthetic adorableness afore me.
And I started demography photos and announcement them on amusing media, with the appellation “Tonight’s smoker allowance view.” And appropriately an internet meme was born.
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