An icy pootle from Barbridge to Bunbury in my oddly-shaped bucket

My favorite Skipper on the English canals navigating in the Cardinal has been promoted to Governor of Her Majesty’s newly-conquered subjects in Bunbury! Sparrows beware! Please, read on…

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company, England.

H’yar today, gorn tomorrow, as we terribly posh folk orfen say. Except that this is more a case of th’yar yesterday and h’yar today. Chained to the armco in Barbridge on Sunday and staked to the ground near Bunbury by Tuesday.

An early-morning move – and the early-morning is where the ice comes in – there was a layer of it ¼” to ½” thick on the tonneau cover (where the hail had gathered overnight), and a frost such as Jack would have been proud of everywhere else on the Cardinal. The longest job of the departure was removing the ice from the canvas so that I could roll it up and stash it. Don’t be fooled by the blue of the sky here, or the sunlight, for that is an Arctic-blue and a sun without warmth. This is, when all is said and done, only the end of April in England… I…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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