Well, it's about time I told you all about our narrowboat holiday! Our boat was called Georgina...
and she was as skinny as the rest of her friends, but was surprisingly comfortable too. The only room that was truly a room in it's own right was the bathroom (and that was a good thing too!), everything else was very open plan - the singles bedroom was at the back near the tiller, followed by a little corridor taking us pass the bathroom and opening into the double bedroom, and then after this was the teeny tiny kitchen which looked into the dining area and lounge area right at the front of the boat.
Naturally there were times when it felt a bit cramped, particularly when we needed to rush from one end of the boat to the other and the dog insisted on getting in the way - I think that she had her paws trodden on a couple of times! Fortunately no one fell in the water, although Poppy (the dog) got left behind at one point.... (Poppy is right in the centre of the photo looking bit small!!)
What happened was that after a few days of being very nervous of getting on and off the boat she suddenly developed boundless confidence and when the end of the boat got a bit close to the bank she jumped off and no-one realised!! We had to back track just a little to get her back on board, especially as she was on the wrong side of the canal - i.e. the one without a towpath. In the photograph above, you can see how rather concerned she is at being left behind - especially with all those scary cows in the field!!
Despite moments of frantic activity and close shaves with other boats or hitting bridges, it was actually quite a serene holiday just puttering down the canal with the sunshine on our faces and the wind in our hair - there was simply no rush to be anywhere and we could only travel at about three miles an hour, so it was an exercise in relaxation! And, yes, that's me with my feet up!