Posted by sean on August 8, 2005 at 10:39 am in Canal Boats with No Comments


Well it’s Monday and I am on the boat, due to poor coverage from Orange 3G I have been unable to blog as often as I would have hoped so from now on will write these blog entries in advance and upload whenever I get a good opportunity…

The last time I blogged I was on a train heading to Birmingham New Street. Well that train broke down so we were held up by an hour, hence missing the connecting train to Strafford.

It wasn’t too pleasant, everyone was trying to get free coffees, kids were screaming and the toilets ran out of water. I only realised this AFTER putting soap on my hands following a visit to the toilet. This meant I had to sit out the rest of the journey with soapy hands.

We had to be at the boat yard by 5.30 and would be far too late had we waited for another train. In the end we got a taxi costing £56.00 the driver didn’t even know where Strafford was and at one point got confused with Stratford! Luckily we took out insurance prior to departure so can claim the fare back.

Now we are on the boat, its very nice, all the modern facilities apart from a television (no Big Brother this week then), although we have eaten out for the last two nights.

It is very peaceful and relaxing although somebody does always need to be controlling the boat (apart from when it is moored) and there is he occasional lock to contend with but canal folk are all to happy to help you out, nice people, not all strangers wear Burberry and drink White Lightning cider.

I managed to successfully find a pub yesterday afternoon which was showing the Leeds United – Millwall game, only got there late into the first half but not to worry, the result was the most important, 2-1 to Super Leeds. What’s equally as good is that they actually played well, no “long ball” like what we saw last season so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

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