Tigerlilly Quinn: Floating away, on my beautiful, my beautiful....

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Floating away, on my beautiful, my beautiful....

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Wouldn't it be lovely to drift down the river on a narrow boat?
Tom and I have never been on a narrowboat holiday but it seems so tranquil. In my head its filled with reading books and cuddling round a wood burner. Stopping off at country pubs for lunch and getting out to release Wilf into meadows..(in reality knowing our family it would be a fair bit of arguing and sulking before laughing at each other, cracking open a bottle of wine and making up)
Although we went away with Tom's family only a few months ago we are itching to have a few nights away somewhere (UK based).
I think our family holidays will be UK based for the time being, I am looking forward to having our first one with just the three of us. Maybe it could be a narrow boat holiday, who knows?
On that note, I met a lady in one of my coffee morning I run who until very recently lived on a narrow boat in London. I love the idea of having one as a home (although a bit less practical with a baby!) does anyone have any experience of this or of holidaying on boats like this? I'd love to hear!

Anglowelsh holidays provide narrow boat hire and holidays. This is a sponsored post but all words/thoughts are my own. 

13 comments:

The Mummy Diary said...

My mum and dad own a narrow boat and we used to go on them during the summer for many years as my dad builds them.

It is very peaceful and stopping off for a liquid lunch in one of the many pubs along the way is lovely.

Not so great on the rainy days and locks are hard work but it is very tranquil and beautiful and you get to see so much wildlife.

I can highly recommend it, although with a child make sure you get one that has gates etc, if there is only two of you and you have to go through a lock you'd have to leave Wilf on his own or at the very least you'd be distracted.

If you can find a stretch of river/canal without too many locks or manned ones it would be perfect.

Sorry for the long post ;)

fritha strickland said...

no need to apologize! thats great advice thank you! Oh I really want to go on one now! x

Kelly said...

ah i have very fond memories of holidays on my folks narrow boat, it's lovely as your pace really has to slow down & you get to see lots of lovely parts of the country you wouldn't normally, the pubs are great & it was nice & cosy with the wood burner when it was cold, but in agreement with the previous comment, the locks can be really hard work {& not much fun if it's raining} so if you do go plan your route well!

kellyx

Lil said...

eeerm yeah parts of it were nice when it was sunny etc but it was rather erm, stressful lol lots of arguing, constant rain and indeed not a holiday Id take a small child on again - my nerves were shredded. i would take a child on a boat only if A, they were totally immobile or B, old enough to understand the danger or C could be confined below decks haha sorry lol but I cant fib and say it was great. ;)

although somone said above about a boat with gates etc which would reduce much stress ;)

she.is.the.one said...

wonderful :)
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Eleanor said...

I used to be in a band with a guy who lived on a narrowboat! We used to practice on it, it was cosy but cramped - I couldn't live in one full time, but it's perfect for a holiday!

fritha strickland said...

@kelly aww you paint such a lovely picture! I think you and right though, the locks would be tricky. Perhaps if we took a third adult to operate the locks for us, ha! x

fritha strickland said...

@Eleanor wow how cool is that!

fritha strickland said...

@lil ha yep thats the kind of thing I was thinking too tbh. We will see, perhaps when W is a bit older and understands a bit more..x

Charis said...

Tom & I hired a houseboat for a few days last year.. it was great fun, but the locks are terrifying!

Lucy said...

Sounds Like fun, love being on the water regardless of wether its a superyacht or a dingy!

Lucy said...

Sounds Like fun, love being on the water regardless of whether its a superyacht or a dingy!

Jai Bess said...

I know I am late to comment, but I was having a good catch up on your blog and noticed this post! I could spend my life on canal boats, sleeping on the roof under the stars, seeing new places every day. I whole heartedly recommend it :)

you can read some of my ranting here, I think I filled up about 10 posts just with pictures, but here are a couple http://teaforbohemia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/returning-from-cunning-fox.html

Just looking at them makes me feel all nostalgic again, it is pretty magical.

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