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Getting on top of things

One of the results of my binge-reading the HNBC newsletter – membership got me online access to all past newsletters, so whoosh, there went my weekend – was that I became acutely conscious that there was a sort of right … Continue reading

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Convert

Despite having a deep love for and interest in our canal heritage, anyone who knows me will be aware that for many years I wasn’t exactly a fan of the whole roses and castles thing. My boat décor has tended … Continue reading

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Colours of the cut

You can’t knock any win in life so my recent raffle triumph at the HNBC AGM is not to be sneezed at – especially as I was about the 8th name out of the hat and the prize I really … Continue reading

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Old one, new one

Well, that was interesting…when we popped out in Henry the other weekend, a fellow boater mistook his ‘working boat that’s shrunk in the wash’ lines for those of an icebreaker. Another commented that we were a bit early for the … Continue reading

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Aesthetic dilemma

Now I know this is a very first world problem but kitting out your historic boat sympathetically brings its challenges. Like no Nespresso machine. Yes, we’ve eschewed mains power on the go, opting to keep everything 12v, which means that … Continue reading

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Now you see them…

Not surprisingly we were a tad overwhelmed at our first viewing of Enceladus so it wasn’t till a subsequent visit that the style, ingenuity and practicality of our front steps really struck me. The previous owner had opted for quite … Continue reading

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More of the rebirth

I found another stash of images of Enceladus’s rebirth at Industry Narrowboats. Unfortunately the quality is lousy as these are just snaps of lowish-res colour print outs but better than nowt and at least this way they are committed to … Continue reading

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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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