A taste of nos­tal­gia

Rem­i­nisc­ing about the past brings a favourite and easy pizza recipe to mind...

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: Experts - Vicky Blick

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’

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