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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Boats and Canals again at last!!

"Long after I have given up, my heart still searches for you without my permission." ~Rudy Francisco

     I dream in the night of being back on NB Valerie, cruising with Les. I hear our voices and the sound of the engine, and the feel of the boat beneath my feet. I dream we are moored up somewhere lovely and green. Les is puttering outside while I am fixing dinner, then suddenly he is standing behind me, his arms around my waist once more, kissing my neck and whispering in my ear, "I Love you Jaqueline Marie Almdale Biggs." Missing Les and missing our life aboard our boat is like a double amputation. The eyes register what is gone but the heart seeks its return and sometimes tricks the brain into believing it is so.
     This Youtube video came across my path this morning and I watched, enchanted by the cut all over again. It is a home movie shot in 1965 of a trip boat leaving Berkhamsted, traveling up across Tring Summit and down the Marsworth flight to the Aylesbury Arm, and then down the Arm to the basin. I recognized it all and I was amazed at how little shown in the movie, had changed in fifty-five years. Les would have loved this. Enjoy!! ❤️❤️


3 comments:

Pip and Mick said...

Not so many boats moored outside the dry dock as now and all the trees have grown a touch since then. Thank you for the treat.
Pip x

Judith nb Serena said...

Nice bit of nostalgia for you. Bet it brought back a lot of happy memories for you. Never been down the Aylesbury arm. But we have done the Marsworth flight a few times. Hope your keeping well in this pandemic. Take care and stay safe. Love and hugs Judith nb Serena XXX

Carol said...

We sat in bed the other morning watching that video too Jaq! xx

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs