Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

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.

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