LIFE WITH OUR FEET UNDER WATER and AGAINST THE CURRENT
Both published as e-books, these are two very different accounts of how couples take advantage of the opportunities of early retirement and change their lives by taking to the water.
Lifewith ourfeetunderwater by Roger Distill is available to buy on Kindle, or free to read on Kindle Unlimited. It tells how retired teacher Roger and his wife, Grace, move on to the water, starting with them choosing and buying narrowboat Kantara, and following them through their travels around England’s beautiful canals. Unexpected repairs, charging problems and appalling weather are all taken in their stride, as they improve their skills and show off their new home to friends and family. It’s an entertaining dip into all aspects of English canal boating.
AgainsttheCurrent by Mike Bodnar, also available on Kindle, and, as you might guess from the subtitle Au revoirtothe corporatelifeandbonjourto alifeafloat, it’s a look into a more adventurous life on the French waterways. This is the log of Mike and Liz’s first year on their Dutch-built cruiser, Liberty, as they and their guests travel from northern France to the Canal du Midi in the south, learning about boating life as they go. Journalist and former stand-up comic Mike Bodnar adds a humorous touch to tales of linguistic confusion and multicultural marina life.
Both books take advantage of the e-book format to provide links to online photo albums illustrating each chapter, allowing readers to select which thumbnails they want to see in more detail.
Lifewith ourfeetunderthewater, Roger Distill, co.uk, e-book £2.99 (free on Kindle Unlimited)
AgainsttheCurrent: Au revoirtothecorporatelifeand bonjourtoalifeafloat, Mike Bodnar, Matador self publishing, troubadour.co.uk, £ 9.99 ( print), £4.99 (e-book), 978-1784625382 (print) 978-1785894046 (e-book)
amazon. VOLUNTEERS AT THE annual Birmingham Canal Navigations Clean Up might have a reputation for pulling some odd items out of the canal – a coffin, a sword and, of course, a kitchen sink are among the more unlikely – but, this year, they’re facing stiff competition from the other side of the English Channel. The ten-yearly clearance of Paris’s Canal de Saint Martin has turned up not only the usual junk that wouldn’t look out of place in the Wyrley & Essington (such as shopping trolleys, bikes and mattresses), but some more unusual stuff: a rifle, a pistol, a sewing mannequin, a drone, a wheelchair, a gravel compactor and a 1930s Rolleiflex camera. Over to you guys on the BCN in April – the challenge is on!
discounts and useful information. Although it’s currently only available for iOS devices we reckon it’s worth having and hope there will be an Android version soon.