The waterways might be quieter at this time of year but their beauty remains undimmed and there is plenty to look forward to this month
Due to the vagaries of publishing schedules, I type these words with the crack, bang and fizzle of fireworks sounding outside the window. We have just come to the end of a dry and mild October which will have done little to remedy the water supply issues that have plagued parts of the canal network.
However, Mother Nature can make a fool of the best of us, as my predecessor discovered when his wishes for rain precipitated a near biblical flood… So I’ll simply say that I love Autumn in the countryside: the smell of woodsmoke from cosy stoves, the stunning colours of the leaves, the nip of frost on an early morning walk… While traffic on the waterways might be lighter than during the summer, the sheer beauty of them remains undimmed and as a keen pike angler, I’m always looking for an excuse to spend a few hours on the bank at this time of the year.
Our new cooking columnist (p81) has a dish that is sure to warm your cockles (I should know, I was the crash test dummy for the recipe!) while for those of you thinking still further ahead, we have put together some really useful gift ideas that every practically-minded boat owner should have on their wish list (p68).
We also have Dep-Ed Martin’s mindboggling festive quiz to give your grey matter a thorough workout if that rain does turn up and you’re stuck inside for a few hours.