At last, canal trip time arrived! We made it from Nova Scotia to England, and out of the airport. (The anticipation of our ‘messing about with boats’ holiday made even the airport look lovely.)
The very first stop was at Sainsburys for essential supplies and rations; good food makes for good boating.
This was much more fun for us than a typical Nova Scotia shopping trip, due to the novelty of shopping in a UK supermarket and rediscovering all kinds of forgotten favourite foodstuffs–remembrances of ‘foods of yore’ engulfed us.
After obtaining enough food for a month, we headed to the appointed boat-pick-up spot, a bucolic place where things started to be on a more human scale.
Up to this point, traveling by road, I had been overwhelmed by the volume and speed of traffic everywhere. We spent a couple of hours quite stationary (as in: not really moving at all!) on the M6 when trying to head north.
A Mapquested journey of 3.5 hours took nearer to 7hrs: never trust these apps on time estimates in the UK, they’re always such optimists! We actually found that the usual coefficient that needs to be applied to UK travel times is: just double everything.
Here we are, all set to cast off; we have to be back here in 2 weeks time.
Maps out; off we go!
Oops, the boat is pointing in the opposite direction to that in which we wish to go. How do you turn a 60 ft boat in a 30 ft canal?
To be continued…
PS I’ve just watched JC Briar’s new Craftsy class, Stitch Pattern Savvy, as with everything she does, it is excellent. There is an especially brilliant lesson on judging and selecting a sock size. This class is aimed at sock knitters looking to create their own sock patterns, it is not for would-be sock knitters. (For them I would suggest my class, My First Socks.)
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