An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Monday, 10 June 2013

A bit irritated and sad this morning

Happily using the Brookwood 3
(Photo Suzanne Wilson)
I read a blog this morning whilst having a nice cup of tea.  I read this blog.  To post the following comment 'On into the afternoon we passed the Basingstoke canal – not for us, apparently it’s shallow, littered with low bridges and they close it at the drop of a hat' is in my view just plain bad manners, irresponsible and wrong - they have not been up the Basingstoke - they have just passed Woodham Junction.  On behalf of all of those who have worked their socks off to restore the Basingstoke and to keep it open may I suggest to the originator of the blog concerned that they keep to the facts and don't make assumptions.  Just for the record there are a couple of low, but easily navigable to an empty working boat,  bridges in Hampshire (Farnborough Road and Reading Road South) and on the Easter cruise Finch (at 2' 11" draft) had no problems so where's the shallow issue?  Perhaps if they had either contacted the BCA or read their Nicholsons Guide they would know better.

The full blog is here.  I tried to make the comment directly but Wordpress is so difficult I gave up to vent my sadness here.

The Basingstoke is open for business as CRT Trustee John Dodwell knows as he is bringing his tug Helen down from the Midlands to enjoy the canal and that boat has a 3' draft.  All you need to do is ring the BCA on 01252 370073 to book a passage to enjoy a lovely canal.

Off to Stoke Bruerne tomorrow (Tuesday) to see the progress on the house so will hopefully report back on that either tomorrow evening or perhaps Wednesday morning.


  1. Every right to be irritated!
    We intent to go into Coventry basin in a couple of days, people throw their hands up in horror; it's dirty, weedy, shallow etc etc. Most haven't even tried it, this will be our fourth visit. I would imagine those who have cruised the little used bits of the BCN would also understand your reaction.
    Hope you manage to leave a comment on his blog.
    Kath (nb Herbie)

  2. What a shame after all your hard work over the years and the successful trip at Easter. Have left a comment on their blog too. We're just sorry that we will probably not get another chance at the Basingstoke before our time on Tacet is up.