Narrowboats and Broadened Minds #FridayRecommends

Here’s another breadcrumb-of-the-internet post.

An online friend, the irrepressible Ian Hutson, sold his house and bought a narrowboat as a domicile. So long as the coppers don’t catch up with him, he prowls the canals of merrie olde England. A curmudgeon of the first water (see what I did there? canals … water…), he probably delights in telling young hooligans to get ON his lawn, which is, you know, WATER.

ANYWAY, he did a guest post on the wonderful blog of Chris, the Story Reading Ape’s Blog, about wintering on a narrowboat. Geez Louise!

Now, if you don’t know what a narrowboat is (it’s a boat which is narrow, duh), here’s a Wiki article about it.

And here’s one about the history of the British canal system. It goes back a ways. Purty durn cool, if y’ask me.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Write about someone or something who lives in or on or around water.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Narrowboats and Broadened Minds #FridayRecommends

  1. Dan Antion

    November 24, 2017 at 7:35am

    I’ve seen cabal boats. Trying to imagine living on one. I may have to sail in over.

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    • Ian Hutson

      November 24, 2017 at 9:44am

      Hi Dan! Living on a narrowboat is an extraordinary experience, total peace to total chaos and sometimes both on the same day. Since I have to move everything on and off the boat manually it’s also helped maked me realise what is important and necessary – and what is not… even the ashes from the fire have to found a home, somewhere! It’s great fun and utterly terrifying. 😉

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      • Dan Antion

        November 24, 2017 at 11:21am

        Wishing you the best of luck.

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  2. Chris Graham

    November 24, 2017 at 8:42am

    Can’t reblog, so shared on Twitter and both my FB pages, Marian 😀

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