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
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