From our mooring above the locks we had a lovely view, until ‘Emily’ with butty ‘Bronte’ squeezed in between us and the lock landing. The signboard on the top of shapely little red butty said ‘Brian Greaves Blacksmith’. The blackboard had a quote from William Morris chalked on it,
’Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful,
How true this is for us live-aboard boaters with so little space. While weeding out all useful items when downsizing from your house onto a boat, you we found it made life easier. There is less cleaning and very few beautiful things, especially ‘horniments’ to dust around. As we have no car, or garden to occupy our time we are free to cruise anywhere around the system to stay awhile. So, we have different views from our portholes and we meet many interesting people to talk to along the way. We met up briefly with Matti again on his boat ‘Old Friends’ for a chat, then he was gone.