LET HIM EAT CAKE
A train ride brings a break from the normal routine and is celebrated with a treat for the Captain
Apple and almond cake, as it happens, and it’s delicious – perfect for tea or as a pudding
When the opportunity arises in the form of a safe and lengthy morning spot, it’s great fun to leave nb Harry moored and spend time on the bank enjoying ‘terra firma’ for a change. We regularly try to have a weekend away, exploring parts of the country where the canals didn’t reach to use our old codgers’ train tickets or free bus passes.
The excitement for me is the outward journey rattling along on the train with no motorway hold-ups, beautiful vistas and snacks a few carriages away. Trains do definitely take the strain of travel. But all the time we are away from the boat, I’m missing my routines, my cosy comforts and wishing I was on board again where we have everything we need at arm’s length exactly as we want it.
We live in our own little zone with everything ordered and in its place. At bedtime my reading glasses, glass of water and book are on my bedside shelf. The reading light is ready at the flick of a switch and my comfy mattress with crisp cotton sheets awaits me. And, although a lot of you might disapprove, our little dog Brian snuggles up against me sharing his warmth like a canine hot water bottle.
Once we return to the boat, we are back to a more ordered, gentle sort of life.
Back to the routines of preparing meals, doing the dishes and cleaning. That is what’s good about holidays. It’s a break from domestic chores and even though we often feel as though we are living a constant holiday, we do still have to do the daily mundane jobs, such as cooking and preparing the three meals a day routine along with those little extras for the Captain.
The two things he enjoys the most are cakes and puddings and fortunately this month’s recipe for an apple and almond cake will double up as either. It is just so delicious as a cake or eaten as a pudding, warm with custard or crème fraiche.
‘Once we get back on the boat, we are back to a more ordered, gentle sort of life’