GLYNIS AND MICHAEL SMITH have contrasting boating histories. Michael used to be a surgeon, and then joined the Royal Navy as a doctor, serving for six years, which included spells at sea. Before the big ships, he had a river cruiser. Glynis, by contrast, had no boating experience at all. She had a career as a hospital theatre sister, before working for a pharmaceutical company.
The couple retired the first time around some 20 years ago and converted a barn to live in. Some of the finance came from a legacy from Michael’s Aunt Dolly, so they called it Dolly Barn. Together they transformed the land around the barn from a couple of acres of scrub into spectacular gardens which were opened to the public under the National Garden Scheme.
When the couple retired again and moved from the barn, they called their new home Dolly House. So it was only natural that their boat should also have Dolly in the name, so Dolly Blue it is.