Here is DH at the helm of our lovely 40' narrowboat, the Swift ready to set off. The boat was very compact, but had central heating, a double bed, bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen, dining area complete with tv and radio, which was all the facilities you could want.
and here I am actually in control, after having navigated a lock. I am hoping desperately that I can move over to the left bank to pick up DH, who has been working the lock gates!
Here is DH keeping the boat steady in the lock (not easy with all the swirling water) and waiting for the chance to drive out and into the next one. This was a staircase of locks at Watford, where there are four locks in a row, and boats have to go up or down all of them in sequence. We had to wait quite a while to go down them, but were lucky coming back up the next day, as we managed to tag straightaway onto the end of several boats also going up.
idyllic scenes worthy of any coffee table book,
or properties to envy. I won't embarrass myself with stories about piling hooks dropped into the canal, the threat of divorce when I nearly drove into another boat (well, it happened to be stationary at the time, so how was it my fault!?) or DH with his adventures in a weir, but suffice it to say that we can thoroughly recommend to anyone the delights of a canal holiday, and we will definitely be doing it again!