Canal Boat - - This Month - NICK WALL Ed­i­tor

Roll on the lazy, hazy days of sum­mer with great days out and plenty of time on the wa­ter for those go­ing on hol­i­day

When I were a lad I lived for the long, sunny sum­mer days

early on we’d play around Branston Lock on the Trent & Mersey as soon as the teach­ers flew south for the sum­mer and our days were care­free.

Some years later sum­mer play con­sisted of boat­ing hol­i­days and, yes, the sun al­ways shone and the skies were al­ways blue... They were times and mem­o­ries that have a spe­cial place, which might have some­thing to do with me oc­cu­py­ing this chair.

And that’s one of the rea­sons I like Au­gust now. There might (I said might...) be a warm, lazy Au­gust on the way this year and I rather hope so just think of all those fam­i­lies head­ing off to the wa­ter­ways for their hol­i­days, in­cu­bat­ing in the sum­mer heat the next gen­er­a­tions of boaters. We hope the sun re­ally does shine for them.

I don’t know about you, but I’m in two minds about HS2 – I mean, I’ve al­ways han­kered af­ter a trip on the ‘Bul­let Train’ but never quite made it to Ja­pan, so the prospect of us hav­ing our ver­sion which will be slower and prob­a­bly less ef­fi­cient (hey, you can’t have ev­ery­thing) is quite ap­peal­ing. On the other hand, I don’t want it in my 3mph back­yard – or yours.

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