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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.

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