A taste of nostalgia
Reminiscing about the past brings a favourite and easy pizza recipe to mind...
Many years ago we used to moor our first boat at St Ives near Cambridge. Jones’s Boatyard there was the best known location for boaters in the area.
They had a big chandlery, sold fuel and had a large brokerage. And dished out advice as well as service.
In our early days there narrowboats didn’t really feature on the local rivers. There was just a solitary tug moored among mostly plastic cruisers of which ours was one, a Freeman 23. Eventually, the Freeman was deemed too small for our needs and we bought our 1933 wooden Broads cruiser
Venus and fancied a change of scene too which took us to Westview Marina at Earith near Ely in Cambridgeshire.
Elaine and Les, who had recently taken on the rundown site, were welcoming and friendly and Les helped us as we restored our lovely wooden boat back to her former glory.
We got to know the River Great Ouse intimately. From Earith we’d always turn left, cruise to Ely and enjoy an Indian take-out or fish and chips moored on the riverside there. If time allowed we would head on to the River Lark where we could enjoy ice creams from the Prickwillow pumping museum or as far as the River Wissey, where we swam in its clear waters. Simple pleasures, happy days and so memorable, too.
Eventually Venus was upstaged by our first narrowboat, Star, and this time we chose to moor at Bill Fen Marina on the outskirts of Ramsey near Peterborough. Over the years, John and Lynn Shotbolt had turned the flat fenland land into a landscaped marina paradise of undulating hillocks, ponds, trees and hedges. No-one who has been there will forget the beauty of the site, the big skies, the spectacular sunsets and sunrises.
Now that we live on Harry as continuous cruisers we don’t have to worry about a base but if we did. I wonder if many of those huge modern canal marinas could match the charm and appeal of our old haunts.
I’ve been getting nostalgic about our family boating past because this month’s recipe is one that I often put together as a simple and tasty dish to feed hungry young stomachs after a day in the fresh air. And next to fish and chips, this was their most requested meal – sausage pizza.
‘It’s a simple and tasty dish to feed hungry young stomachs. And, next to fish and chips, was their most requested meal’