Boating through the Seasons

We are now officially in Winter, which means we have covered all four seasons with Fantine! Never one to shy a way from stretching a blog post out of nothing it’s only right I cover the four seasons of Boat life, with our highlights and lowlights of the seasons.

(Apologies for the length of this post, I promise a good majority of it is pictures, but you may want to grab a mulled wine to help you through it none the less, it is December after all).

Spring 

SPRING 4

We began the reality of Living Narrow in Spring so this was the beginning of our Boating Experience.

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Highlights 

  • Babies! You start to get baby animals appearing, nothing beats ducklings and cygnets. Prepare for some serious heart melting.
  • Everywhere is starting to blossom and feel green again after the dreary greyness of winter.

Lowlights 

  • It’s midday somewhere, but the slight tinge of cold and unexpected April showers make having an outside beer feel wholly inappropriate.

Summer

SUMMER 2

We can now be considered sort of Boaty (Not at all), we definitely picked the best time to start, Spring and Summer being your first experience really makes a difference.

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Highlights

  • Sun, Water, Boat, Beer, enough said really.
  • No real rain means no real mud, which means a relatively clean boat.

Lowlights 

  • Spiders … Everywhere … Literally everywhere and of a size straight out of a nuclear experiment gone wrong!
  • It’s hot, I hate moaning about any weather, we are so lucky with our seasons, but crikey summer gets hot aboard.
  • It’s like the M25 on a Friday evening, the waterways that is, become busier than a major road network, made all the more terrifying thanks to the tirade of hire boats.

Autumn

AUTUMN 3

Oh the comforting snuggle of Autumn, 70% beautiful sunsets, 30% debating whether it’s too soon to light a fire.

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Highlights 

  • You get to light your stove (If you don’t mind being judged by proper boaty folk).
  • The sunrises/sunsets are beyond beautiful.

Lowlights 

  • It’s starting to get a little bit chillier, and drinks outside become a rare treat.
  • You need to start worrying about buying fire wood, or coal eurgh!

Winter

WINTER 4

For the sake of all that is boaty thank the heavens we didn’t start our life aboard in winter. *Spoiler* it isn’t fun.

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Highlights

  • It is kind of pretty.
  • Snow insulates.
  • You get to spend 70% of your wages on fuel for your greedy Hobbit stove.
  • Getting back to your boat, feels like actual hibernation, warm, cosy, and relax.
  • When the canals freeze you get to play snowball or pebble bowls on the ice!

Lowlights 

  • It’s cold, and damp, and though your boat is tiny, when you first get home it’s arctic until the fire gets going.
  • You risk frostbite if you go slipperless (Boat floors are not forgiving in any season, least of all winter).
  • Mud … everywhere.

So there you have it, a little view of the boaty seasons. Honestly I am so glad we moved aboard in Spring, it meant we got to fall in love with boat life long before the dread of Winter set in.

James & Kirsty

 

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