My fundamental belief as a narrowboater has always been ‘it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it that counts’. We’re very much of Ratty’s persuasion in the Wind of the Willows (“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”). We’re very lucky to have two lovely boats but the real thrill is getting out on the cut and just really savouring the rhythm of the journey afloat. So we’ve made some plans for this year but as ever these will remain fluid right up to their proposed start date.
By sheer fluke, we’re going to be able to go to The Who concert that I have tickets for in Brum by boat – how very convenient. We’ll be en route to the HNBC’s Easter gathering at Brownhills although some confusion over a stoppage end date up on the Wyrley means there may be some last-minute route changes. On the plus side this could result in us chalking up another bit of ‘not done yet BCN’ as we’ve never yet zipped down the Doe Bank/Rushall junctions bit of the Tame Valley. Sounds like there’s going to be a good turnout and we like to support the club in its activities where we can.
We’ll be entering the BCN Challenge in our own right for the first time, having twice previously been the guests of Indigo Dream. Very excited at the prospect, as is Andy, but only because I’ve managed to shanghai some locking crew. Then we’ll be back to Braunston for the show at the end of June and hopefully taking a longish holiday on the Thames and maybe the Wey in the autumn. With the other fleet member bound for the South West, it should be a pretty excellent boating year. Although if it rains heavily, we’re probably well stuffed. Just a shame about that thing called work.