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Dreaming the Dream!
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Tuesday,18 March, 2014
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Dr Martin Luther King once said to the world “I have a dream!”

Well so do I!

Mine is a bit smaller than his. A little less grandiose and much more selfish. I want to live on a boat!

I have wanted it for nearly 30 years. In fact ever since I was a young airman snowed in at a (now defunct) base one winter talking with a friend about what we would do when our time was up. We both wanted to travel a bit and I thought about converting an old military ambulance. He suggested a sail boat to the Caribbean.  Another friend had a diving permit and we agreed it was the way to go and so… the dream was born!

However, with the thaw came postings, reality, demob and marriage and as the way of things we lost touch. But part of the dream remained.

When I was first married I hated spending a fortune in rent and looked longingly into living in a narrowboat. Designs, toilets (oh yes, the REAL gritty nitty!) and bow thrusters…..then the spouse said NO! NEVER! Unless I wanted to do it on my own!

Soooo…..fast forward 20+ years and thanks to a divorce petition I am now on my own. Except I now have a dog. A proper boat sized dog! A Jack Russell called Alfie. Also known as “Daftus Doggus” and “Cutus Caninus” (its “Dog Latin”…a bit like “Pig Latin” but house trained!) Although, when he decides to be a little bugger, I have threatened to change his name to “Spitroast” on occasion!

Picture of sleeping Jack RussellImage Enlarger

So I now have the freedom, the ships mascot and almost the cash.  I also have a name for her “Gypsy Lady”.

I was, because I realy want a widebeam, going to have a picture of a real Beryl Cook sized woman in swimsuit painted on the side and call her “Big Fat Annie” but not everyone shares my sense of humour so I fell back on “Gypsy Lady” with a suitable picture to be painted.

So here we go!

In this blog I will set out the ideas, the research, the quotes, quotations and quota of cock ups. If only because I like to laugh and if I can do so and you all learn from my mistakes so much the better.

If you read this far thankyou…you fool! Should have fled while you could! Now your boating soul is mine!

Actually, this post was merely a tryout and to introduce myself if you are not on the “Canal world” forum and do not know me.

The next will have a lot more “boaty bits” in it. So stay tuned.

“Never give up, never leave anyone behind!”

“Life is NOT a dress rehearsal !”

” I am NOT a 'civilian'…I am ex-military!”

“Once I was , young, handsome and immortal ! These days… I think immortality is overrated!”

 

Tuesday,18 March, 2014
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LOL< Hi, I get your gist, Dreams are there for the taking and you sound like you have got yours on the road, so good luck to either “Big Fat Annie” or “Gypsy Lady”.

I look forward to hearing more.

 

Kim

There is nothing in the world as precious as the gift of life itself.

Wednesday,19 March, 2014
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Hi Stlyon. Thanks for your introduction to your dreams and plans for the future. I know you want a boat, but what do you want to do with it? Do you need to stay in one spot so you can work, or do you plan to adopt the lifestyle which your boat name so richly deserves and cruise the network continuously?

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deckhand said
LOL< Hi, I get your gist, Dreams are there for the taking and you sound like you have got yours on the road, so good luck to either “Big Fat Annie” or “Gypsy Lady”.

I look forward to hearing more.

 

Kim

Thanks. Will be putting more on the results of my research and the build/fit out as it happens. Plan is to be on the cut by year end. Just waiting for ex to sell house-hence “almost got the cash”! Wink

 

Laurie

 

“Never give up, never leave anyone behind!”

“Life is NOT a dress rehearsal !”

” I am NOT a 'civilian'…I am ex-military!”

“Once I was , young, handsome and immortal ! These days… I think immortality is overrated!”

 

Thursday,20 March, 2014
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Paul Smith said
Hi Stlyon. Thanks for your introduction to your dreams and plans for the future. I know you want a boat, but what do you want to do with it? Do you need to stay in one spot so you can work, or do you plan to adopt the lifestyle which your boat name so richly deserves and cruise the network continuously?

Blimey Paul,  Give a man a chance Captain Bligh! LOL! Laugh

All will be revealed.

 

Laurie

 

“Never give up, never leave anyone behind!”

“Life is NOT a dress rehearsal !”

” I am NOT a 'civilian'…I am ex-military!”

“Once I was , young, handsome and immortal ! These days… I think immortality is overrated!”

 

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Hi. Good luck with your dream. They can come true. Unlike yourself my husband managed to persuade me (after 10 years of nagging) to sell our house and buy a Narrowboat. We purchased our 2 year old boat last June and have been living aboard since August on a  Marina where we have met loads of lovely Boaters. We took early retirement and will be moving off the marina in 2 weeks to travel the system until next winter as I an a bit nervous at spending winter on the cut. Will be keeping up to date with your blog xxx

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Wendy Harrison said
Hi. Good luck with your dream. They can come true. Unlike yourself my husband managed to persuade me (after 10 years of nagging) to sell our house and buy a Narrowboat. We purchased our 2 year old boat last June and have been living aboard since August on a  Marina where we have met loads of lovely Boaters. We took early retirement and will be moving off the marina in 2 weeks to travel the system until next winter as I an a bit nervous at spending winter on the cut. Will be keeping up to date with your blog xxx

 

Hello Wendy,

 

 Where were you when I needed a proper boaty wife then eh! Yell

(Probably hiding in a closet thinking please keep the scary man away!!)Surprised

Hope you have fun over the summer. I have friends who were cc’ers for years then they started taking a winter mooring and finally have a permanent mooring. Partly due the ladies need for some protracted medical care.

But they said that unless you pick carefully you can find yourself stuck over winter so you are probably wise.

Regards

Laurie

 

 

 

“Never give up, never leave anyone behind!”

“Life is NOT a dress rehearsal !”

” I am NOT a 'civilian'…I am ex-military!”

“Once I was , young, handsome and immortal ! These days… I think immortality is overrated!”

 

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