Canal Boat - - News - NICK WALL Editor

Some­times it’s all too easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom, es­pe­cially in Jan­uary (when I’m writ­ing this…) and in Fe­bru­ary (when you’re read­ing it).

With the floods, bad weather, eco­nomic grief and still-dark morn­ings and evenings, it’s all too easy to for­get that brighter times re­ally are head­ing our way – un­less you go boat­ing, that is.

I nipped up to Ash­wood Ma­rina, just northwest of Stour­bridge on the Staffs & Worcs, in Jan­uary to test a boat (see next is­sue) with the car ra­dio un­der­stand­ably full of the floods in the North and the world’s econ­omy head­ing South. But when I ar­rived at the at­trac­tive basin it’s ac­tu­ally an old trans­ship­ment arm – the clouds parted (lit­er­ally) and while a host of an­gels didn’t pop out, the al­ready-strength­en­ing sun did and we were treated to a few glo­ri­ous hours of mess­ing around with boats.

Cu­ri­ously, back in the of­fice we were as­sailed by sto­ries of boats sell­ing faster than Mary Berry cakes sud­denly ap­pear­ing at the vil­lage fete. Quite why this should be at such a time no-one seems to know (it cer­tainly wasn’t the Lon­don is­sue), but by our reck­on­ing, it should bode well – only time will tell. Mean­time, roll on the Spring.

Canal Boat Mag­a­zine, Archant Spe­cial­ist

Evo­lu­tion House, 2-6 Easthamp­stead Road, Wok­ing­ham, RG40 2EG

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