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Four Words That Launched Our Narrow Boat Adventure

by Weegee
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“I have an idea.”

Those four words have a history of changing my life. Those four words initiated the move to Canada with a guy I had only started dating. Those four words were how I found myself living on the Sunshine Coast. Those four words led to our wedding.

When my husband walked into my office and said those four words in regards to our upcoming wedding anniversary, I knew I was in for an adventure.

My husband is an amateur photographer and I am an aspiring writer. There are times that our craft suffers due to our work from home lifestyle. The separation between work, home, and our crafts can be blurred.

It was our intention to use our fourth anniversary as a way of celebrating the artist in each of us. We wanted to get away from our home routines and laundry piles to explore our individual crafts.

Like an artist’s retreat where each of us can dive into our craft but explore an area together.

“I have an idea.”

Cue the narrow boats.


Modern narrowboats traveling down part of Bugsworth Basin, Buxworth, Derbyshire. Via Wikipedia.

A narrowboat or narrow boat is a long, slim boat designed to navigate the canals of England. There are companies that rent out these floating RVs for vacationers and locals seeking a break from their daily life.

Narrow boats, according to Wikipedia, “refers to the original working boats built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for carrying goods down the narrow canals.” The channels, locks and bridge holes may only be seven feet wide, hence the long, slim shape of the boat.

Needless to say, the two of us are off on another adventure this spring. An adventure where we can try something new while exploring our individual crafts. Aboard a boat. On the channels of the UK.

Life is not dull with that man.






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Mike April 11, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Lovely story Weegee. “That man.” What next ?

Alex April 11, 2017 - 10:13 pm

Hope you’ll be blogging about this!

Sandy Wrightman April 22, 2017 - 6:18 pm

I am familiar with France’s canal boats and adventures even when the whole landscape was in flood, have punted on the Avon but did not know about the narrow boats. I am so looking forward to hearing about it and the creative ventures that were hatched in the drift. Thank you for sending this to me. I don’t need to say have a wonderful time. I will say: “Say hello to jolly old England from me”.


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