Reserve fuel for locks
With a demanding stretch ahead, load up with delicious chocolate pick-me-ups for energy boost
After an overnight visit to us on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, our daughter gave us a lovely present as a departing gift.
A roses and castles decorated biscuit tin full of her home-made chocolate biscuits.
Her parting words were ‘Mum, I think you two are going to need these’. She knew how many locks there were ahead of us.
I still have the beautiful tin and I have kept her recipe ready for those days, and those days only, when we have more than 20 locks to work through.
I say we but actually it’s the Captain who burns off the calories and does all the hard grafting.
My back is no longer up to winding the paddle gear or moving the gates so I have the less demanding role of steering.
Resisting biscuits after doing no exercise demands willpower and that’s my biggest problem when I know that chocolate biscuits are lurking in the pantry.
I have no willpower whatsoever.
These biscuits are a real chocolate pick-me-up; they are packed with high energy ingredients – sugar and carbohydrates.
When wrapped in a polythene bag, they fit snugly into the back pocket of jeans and a few nibbles after every lock gives you the energy boost and the sweetness needed to carry on.
However, a word of warning, like Government health advice on the back of a cigarette packet, is needed.
They are definitely not the sort of things that you should eat and then sit around relaxing (or come to that standing at the tiller).
They should be eaten only when an energy boost is needed – think of them as the boating equivalent to Kendal Mint Cake!