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.



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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      Marian Allen

      November 24, 2017 at 12:46pm

      According to His Grace, The Dook Of Locks, it has its ups and downs, but slightly more ups, with the ups being uppier and the downs being less downier than a-land.

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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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