Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Take a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal!
We've had a tough few months, and made a last minute decision that we needed to get completely away, once we knew it was possible. We hadn't been planning a narrowboat this year, but it's something we've done a few times before and always found totally relaxing, so we booked 3 days before we went. Not bad for spontaneous living, eh?! The kids were ecstatic. I think that's the only word for it, as we'd said we couldn't indulge it this year.
We all love it... we love the locks, we love the boat, we love the canal, and the wildlife, and the time together, and I feel I've been away for much longer then a week. I liked the aqueduct...
and the shoosh of the water at the lock gates.
And the friendliness of the people we met. There are some truly lovely people on the canals. And there are always swans or mallards to be fed.
We were especially fortunate to be blessed with weather worthy of August. Not bad for April, and very lucky as just before we went we were freezing, and it's now gone chilly yet again. We spent most of our time on the roof, sunbathing and reading books.
That's when we weren't being accosted by the lambs that were in practically every field. They were so sweet.
All of these had their mummys... but were playing together. I'm surprised my 9 year old didn't smuggle one home! I was tempted. They were so inquisitive and full of life and fun.
There were daffodils everywhere. I love daffodils. It's such a strong sign of spring, and warmer weather.
Just before we went, we'd celebrated Easter, and I was pleased at having cast aside my bread making machine and done it by hand. It's a good way to thump out stress, and I've badly needed to find ways to do that. I tried again on the boat, and I think I'll stick to it. It's odd, but it gives a better textured loaf then the one I get from the machine, even though I've always taken it out of the machine and punched it down before reshaping.
There's something very magical about kneading and the whole thing that goes with it. But back to the canal...I must also mention the tunnel... the third longest on England's canal network...
and a half hour passage through...
Yep, we even enjoyed that bit. I love my family.
I've now begun to craft again, inspired and enriched by my time out. I was casting around for something and have started these, reading for updating my Sew Happy shop.
I'll post more pictures soon... Meanwhile, I hope you've all been having a wonderful Easter break. Thanks so much for popping by.