Baptism, Canal Style

It’s only been a week and this whole canal thing is really testing my patience. According to local folk, you’re not a fully fledged boater until you’ve fell into the drink at least once in your boating life. My fellow boaters call it Baptism.  Today, my engine packed it in. Thankfully I was rescued by […]


B.O.A.T. stands for Break Out Another Thousand. If you’re intending to buy a boat as an alternative way of living, there is a minimum cost to ownership that you need to be aware of. It’s not just a matter of buying a boat and expecting everything to work first go. We spent under £2000 on […]

First Night, First Boat

I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought a boat. It’s older than me, 23 feet long, made of fibreglass, is powered by a 8hp petrol outboard engine and has no heating. At just shy of £2000, she needs a lot of TLC so should keep me occupied over the coming months. Although, as we’re coming […]


Bike or Boat? That’s the question. Life is all about sacrifices, especially when it’s something you’re passionate about. I’ve really enjoyed my time cycling around Manchester but it’s time for me to sacrifice my bike for my boat. Given I’ll most likely be living on a small fibreglass boat, I really won’t have the space to […]

Yorkshire Rehab

The assault last week really took the wind out of my sails. I lost a lot of my confidence and was going to resign from my position at the Canal River Trust. I was due to start another (office) job on Monday but I had a panic attack on the way to work. I turned […]


Last week, while working in Ancoats in Manchester, I was verbally and physically assaulted by three teenagers after asking them not to throw their rubbish into the canals. It was mid-term, a cold, windy day and no one about. The assault didn’t leave me physically injured but the trauma of this ordeal has left with […]

As Big As The Beetles

Standing all day in the one location makes you very aware of your surroundings. I reckon I discovered more in one day than I’ve done in my previous two trips to Liverpool. Liverpool was the first city we visited when we arrived in Britain but I went back once to see an exhibition at The […]