Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Outside


I thought I'd show you a drawing of my boat today, complete with bags of coal (very necessary at the moment) and empty wine bottles.

5 comments:

annie said...

My Favorite Daydream for most of my life was a houseboat, and then when I heard of narrow boats and canals, I was hooked. But I am sure that it must take a great deal of know-how to drive and manipulate one of those. What fuel do you use? If you drive slowly--as I understand the canal narrowboats do-- does this help keep the cost down? And how much coal does one use on an average cold day?... Only a dream... but one could see a large section of beautiful sketching and painting country around London. And how far north? Not far south, I suppose.
S*I*G*H****
annie

Annie said...

Hi annie, thanks for looking at my blog. Living on a narrowboat is certainly something for a person who is practical and enthusiastic about boaty things, especially if you want to travel on it. My boyfriend is this person, and without him I don't think I could manage - there is always maintenance to do. We use diesel fuel and this also fires the central heating, which is not working at the moment! We get through a lot of coal in the winter - a bag lasts about 3 days I think. The diesel is economical and lasts a long time if you are not constantly travelling. We travel up to London now and again, which is fun but I wouldnt say the journey is particularly picturesque! This year we travelled about 250 miles and went along the Oxford canal which is lovely. There are a lot of canals up North but to get there we would have to have limitless time! A lot of retirees constantly cruise the canals but it's impossible to do if you work and need to stay near London most of the time...

rob ijbema said...

love your drawings errr annie and Annie

annie said...

Yes, rob ijbema, Annie (with the big A), the artist who lives on the narrowboat, gets visited by this annie (with the litte a). Only way to distinguish us or people will think she's talking to herself. :)
annie

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

This is gorgeous. I just live off the towpath, up here in the Peaks. I love walking along it and looking in the boats. They look so cosy, especially this time of year when they've got the logburners going.

Lovely drawing, and nice blog too.