Seven years ago Nb Valerie made her maiden voyage from Winkwell in a snow blizzard. It could have been left for better weather but having moved aboard the decision to go on that particular day was to a boating virgin was not to be put off.
Below is a section of the blog post on that day.
entered Berkhampstead and dived into a pub "The Boat" and sat by the fire with 2
cups of hot coffee, yes i know pubs sell beer but we needed to have our wits
about us on this our maiden voyage. Anyway fell out the pub 30mins later
intoxicated by the warmth of the open fire and followed the ARGUS coal and
diesel boat through the next lock, she was two abreast loaded with coal and soon
stopped to service the needs of boats moored so we went past and decided to stop
outside Waitrose for some nice crusty bread and use the cash machine.
hadn`t as when we came to caste off--nothing. Forwards backwards--nothing. Now
remember this is the maiden voyage of 2 virgin boaters. So plenty of water
movement when forward engaged so i thinks prop is revolving but just in case
have a look down the weedhatch, ok be honest how many of you are laughing. Prop
clear so i think are we aground, rocked the boat and it seemed fine so i phoned
Phil the builder as he said phone and he will be with us if we get into bother-
what us!-get in bother! You lot must be hysterical by now. Anyway he established
on the phone after a few questions that we had run aground slightly at the very
front end, but i knew that just testing him wasn`t i.
Off we go through the
So much water has flowed past the hull in those 7 years. Hundreds, no thousands of locks plus who knows how many miles because the only records I keep are my memories. So many wonderful views as the miles slowly drift by. The many peaceful moorings sometimes just a mile or two away from thousands of people living as I once did but you seem to be in the middle of nowhere. So many wonderful boaters who are like an extended family....I appreciate you all. I shared my adventures with hundreds of people along the way who just walked by the mooring and showed an interest in the life of a water gypsy.
Now I get to share all this with the most wonderful person that ever asked about my life aboard my lovely wife Jaq. She first took interest with the words `Dear sir` LINK
Her blog True love, first post HERE tells her story but be warned Jaq is a writer and this is a long read so maybe if you get into it bookmark it for a winter night read.