Monday, August 10, 2009

Canel trip

We have been away for nearly a week on Tom's parent's canal boat, the lovely and beautiful Apple Queen. She is 62 foot long I believe and very well kitted out inside for what is not a very big space. In the mosaic below you can see her outside and indeed about half the inside. What you can see is the sitting area, which is set as a double bed in the photo, the dining table and kitchen beyond.. In front of that is the bathroom and another bedroom. The dining table area also converts to a double bed so in all she sleeps 6.

It has been lovely and peaceful pottering along the canal and though we did have limited internet access it was slow and only really used to check for urgent emails. The boys enjoyed themselves very much though of course a 16 month around that much water needs careful watching particularly around locks which are potential death traps if you fall in one especally so when the water is going in or out.. For any that don't know a lock is a short contained area of canal long enough for a boat and wide enough for one or sometimes two boats. It is shut off at each end by a gate and you can then open various paddles to raise or lower the water level allowing canels to go up and down with the geography. There is a max speed of four miles and hour and often you have to go slower than that to avoid damaging the bank with the wash or rocking moored boats so live is very relaxed and slow..

The scenery was fantastic and I am sure you will see some more photos later though we did have to dodge the rain at times and by the time the sun was out I had run out of battery power and kept forgetting to recharge them.

I did get some crochet done in various moments which I will blog about later but for now it is bedtime for the smallest. I'm adding this post to the mosaic monday list over at Little Red house so pop over there for more eyecandy.


Cass @ That Old House said...

From the time we were in diapers, the kids in my family were on boats --but this canal boat is so cool! What fun. It's amazing how much fits inside!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a fabulous way to spend the days, floating along on a canal boat.

grey like snuffie said...

Loved peeking into your world...never seen a canal boat, don't know where this is...but it looks FUN!

Mary said...

What a wonderful and relaxed way to see the countryside! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful images at Mosaic Monday. :)

Suzy said...

What a neat way to travel! I would enjoy a vacation like that. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha said...

What a neat boat and how fun to spend a whole week on one. It must have been very relaxing. A beautiful mosaic.

skoots1mom said...

that would be a great trip to take...precious kids. what beautiful pictures...thx 4 sharing

Jenn@ You know... that Blog? said...

Great narrowboat! Looks like such a fun way to travel.

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