Today, standing on the stern of my boat, I greeted Ron and Mary Heritage as they passed by on nb HERON. A quick chat established that they were on their way to Stowe Hill to put their boat on brokerage with Dominic Miles. Sadly at 82 the boating life has become to strenuous for Ron after his mini stroke last year.
You may remember Ron and Mary retraced the journey of Tom and Angela Rolt, which was the focus of Rolt’s book Narrowboat, just a few years ago.
I picked up a windlass and set off for the Braunston bottom lock and helped them up to the summit. We didn’t get there until four o’clock and rather than pootle through the tunnel and exit in the dark they moored up above the top lock. Mary made us all a cuppa.
I really like Ron and Mary. Ron can talk for England when it comes to boats. They have always been staunch supporters of the IWA and long term members of the Thrupp Canal Cruising Club. Sad to see them leaving the cut, but I suspect they will still be around organising this or that for some time to come.