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24 August 2009


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I like the idea of that. Have you ever heard of these people? http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2005/07/21/narrowboat_darlingtons_channel_feature.shtml
A really fascinating story.

Thank you so much Ms Rattling - what a great story. Is there a nautical version of having itchy feet, I wonder?

I think this would be even better than a camper van. I have done day trips on canal boats and spent a week on the Thames but in a motor cruiser, not a barge. A proper houseboat would be wonderful.

I used to read a blog belonging to someone who lived aboard a narrow boat called Hadar, oop north somewhere. They had a great life, it seemed .. too much physical labour for me though, these days. It all looks very relaxing, seen from the shore, but there's coal to heave and locks to open and sanitation and water to deal with - and no transport once you're on land.

I'd like to take a holiday on one though!

Hello again - It ocurred to me that maybe you'd enjoy a blog by a 90 year old woman from California. She is amazingly prolific so there is a lot to read there but I find her fascinating. She is at svensto.blogspot.com or just Google Svensto.
I am in Washington D.C., by the way. it would be lovely to have you visit.

Maureen and Jay: maybe a static houseboat is the thing? (Less work.) Have just been looking at rather a wonderful example on a canal near Chichester - even has its own garden.

Monica: thank you so much for the Sventso recommendation; it's wonderful. Have a streaming cold at the moment so staying put, more or less, and am enjoying reading posts from the beginning of her blog. So many stories!

Jay's comment reminds me of a sailing trip I took years ago, six of us on Lake Superior. I'd never sailed before and I was imagining effortlessly gliding along, but instead I learned it's a lot of work!

Glad you are enjoying Svensto. Hope that cold eases up soon.

I have rather a penchant for these myself. My friend H bravely moved from a fine house in town to a Dutch barge moored in the docks at Millwall, which she now navigates along the Thames. Truly awesome.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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