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photoblog image Sawley Marina #2

Sawley Marina #2

The second image from our brief visit to the inland marina at Sawley shows a selection of more traditional British narrow boats, as compared with yesterdays group, but with these tall television aerials on them I suspect these might be some that are permanently moored residential boats on which people live full time instead of having houses.  Sawley Marina is reputed to be the largest inland marina in the country.

Sawley Marina #2

The second image from our brief visit to the inland marina at Sawley shows a selection of more traditional British narrow boats, as compared with yesterdays group, but with these tall television aerials on them I suspect these might be some that are permanently moored residential boats on which people live full time instead of having houses.  Sawley Marina is reputed to be the largest inland marina in the country.

comments (15)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2013, 06:44
Home sweet home to some people then Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed they are Chris, they are nice inside but somewhat cramped.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2013, 07:40
That's almost hysterical, Brian, to see those tall aerials on the houseboats. Well, I guess we're willing to do anything to get our telly programs, right? smile
Brian Walbey: These narrow boats with the aerials are probably residential boats Ginnie, there are a lot of them at this place. A neighbour over the road from us has splashed out (no pun intended) on one of these and he and his wife spend most of their time living on the boat now, although they have still kept their house.
this seems to be a growing phenomenon then worldwide. great shot of the colourful narrowboats
Brian Walbey: Indeed it does Ayush.
What great views they have. A wonderful place to live.
Brian Walbey: They do have nice views at this place but the boats would be a bit claustrophobic to live in permanently I would think.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 6 Dec 2013, 09:22
A bit like 'I can't believe it's not yestedays's' Brian.
Brian Walbey: More or less the same place in the marina Chad, just a bit further round.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 6 Dec 2013, 11:22
We both are showing the typical boats of our region today, Brian. I must say you have a much, much better photo. It is beautiful with the background of the Lombardy poplars.
Brian Walbey: I had a look at your picture before replying Mary. I think my water area is perhaps much more attractive than where yours is, but the main thing is the character and colour of the boats that makes the difference between the two images, not that mine is better, although it is nice of you to say so.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2013, 16:29
Wonderful vibrant colours, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much, a lovely sunny day and brightly coloured boats, just the job for a reasonable photo.
Wonderful capture of these narrow boats line-up Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, the colours look really good don't they.
I like the close proximity of the shot Brian. Draws you in to their world
Brian Walbey: I was standing right by a hedge at the edge of the water, a good place for photos.
A bright and beautiful shot, Brian! smile
A friend of mine was living on a narrow boat at Isleworth, on the River Thames. I was always interested to hear how he coped with the weather in winter……the wood burner was alight non-stop!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin. I guess living on one of these is a nice thing to do in Summer but I can't imagine it being so pleasant in Winter.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 6 Dec 2013, 17:40
Terrific colours in all of this Brian. Just read your comment on Tiff's posting ... Yes, I decided not to go down to the 11pm high tide and spring tide and tidal surge last night as although the experience would have been extremely exciting there would have been almost no lighting to help with photography. I went this morning and there were some very very splishy splashy waves ... to say the least. Several beach huts got seriously beaten up. Series coming up in the near future.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. I think you were very wise to stay away from the seafront if only for safety reasons, I saw some pictures of Cromer on the internet, the pier has taken a real bashing, as has quite a lot of the promenade.
Canals and boats have become a huge part of the leisure industry Brian
Brian Walbey: They have indeed Bill, but with all those locks they seem too much like hard work to me.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Dec 2013, 18:49
Around every couple of years or so, I cycle along part of the Kennett & Avon Canal into Bath and have been surprised at the increase in residential boats in that time. A friend of mine has a narrowboat and spends around 6 months a year on it.
Brian Walbey: Yes there does seem to be a lot of people who now live on these boats, some people over the road from us do, but they've kept their house on as well.
love the way the boats are all clustered in one place!
Brian Walbey: This is just one small corner of the marina, there are dozens of them parked up there all the time.
The boats, and the trees all in a row make this a lovely shot!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. This is just one small corner of the marina, there are dozens of them parked up there all the time.

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