Monthly Archives: March 2017

Less a club, more a cult

When I became a greyhound owner I unwittingly became part of a cult. It’s not so very different now I’m in the historic boat club. We have our unwritten rules – so you always stop to admire other people’s greys/boats … Continue reading

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A hire calling

Seeing this the other day got me thinking as to whether the distinctive boats of the 70s and 80s will ever become classics, in the same way that Ford Populars and Austin Allegros and their ilk are fast becoming, judging … Continue reading

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I’m a mug

Now this was just a bit of fun…I’m a big fan of the green Penguin books – crime and mystery, no highbrow purple ones, ta – and as Penguin came into being in 1935, the same year as Enceladus, I … Continue reading

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A (little) room to improve

I mentioned in a previous post that one of the attractions of Enceladus was that it was ‘ready to go’. All the hard work and big bills had been taken care of, and the insurance survey Tom Keeling undertook for … Continue reading

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My not so secret life

I’ve been contacted by a couple of friends in the last week concerned that I might be leading a double life, that not content with one husband and two boats I have actually squirrelled away a second husband and a … Continue reading

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Flower of Gloster

I’ve spent the last few nights enjoying the Flower of Gloster DVD. According to the blurb that accompanied its release…”this popular children’s adventure was the first Granada Television series to be filmed in colour (though initially transmitted in black and … Continue reading

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I name this barge

One of my earliest boating memories in amongst the narrowboating larks was taking the wheel of a Thames tug. I was about seven and I think we were heading off to collect some rubbish barges as I distinctly remember wildly … Continue reading

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Video star

I’ve spent a fair amount of time on YouTube just sucking up anything to do with historic boats or the history of the cut. You can imagine how excitedly squeaky I got when I saw this video, around 4.27 minutes … Continue reading

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Cracking chibley, Gromit

One of my very first purchases for Enceladus was a new chimney (but I love to say ‘chibley’) for the back cabin. The previous one hadn’t been cared for particularly so I asked ‘Mr Dove’ Andrew Hoyle to make a … Continue reading

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Greyhounds are never far away

My friends will know that alongside my passion for canals and narrowboating sits an intense love and affection for greyhounds. Happily, their stories are inextricably intertwined. It was when we were looking for a boatbuilder back in 2001 that we … Continue reading

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