Monday, 12 April 2010

Blog reader Ahoy!

Its always nice when someone comes up and says they read the blog. This happened on Saturday. I moved the boat up to Heyford just for a change. It would mean I could walk to work for a week or so.

A text message from Kim and Jim said they would like to come to visit. “Be here by ten”, says I. Kim doesn't know how to be on time. We set off closer to 12 than 10. We had a good trip up. Only 5 locks two lift bridges. At Northbrook I fished out a nice new windlass, one of Charlie’s as it happens. This brings my total to 13 (more of that later).

At Dashwood we met up with Dave Parry who works at the boatyard. He’d been walking across a field waving when my daughter pointed him out. He was making his way to the bridge by the lock, his mooring being 200 yards down short of the lock. When he arrived we passed the time of day, as you do, then when the lock was ready I stepped back on the boat which, being  in gear, was beginning to make its own way out of the lock.

A boat from Heyford could be seen not too far distant and a number of people were arriving at the lock. Half way out of the lock a lady in the locking crew came and asked if I was Maffi, to which I answered “Yes”. “I read your blog avidly every day”, she beamed. “Oh! Thank you very much”, says I “but you really shouldn’t, its not been very good of late”. “I like it”, she says. We passed a few pleasantries and I suggested that if they had ‘gone northwards’ she would have seen Mortimer Bones’ boat. “I know”, she said, “and Piston Broke is down here as well.” . . . . . .  “Not that I’m an anorak or nuffink”. I always enjoy it when this happens, it brings a little extra sparkle to my day. It was a pleasure to meet her and I do hope I am on shift when they  get back so I can find out how they enjoyed their boating holiday.

10 comments:

A Heron's View said...

Actually Maffi I was reading your blog quite awhile before I started mine. In fact it was from reading yours, that gave me the initiative to write my own and like your lady lock person I too look in here most days :)

Hope you are enjoying the sunny weather .
Regards aheronsview

Anonymous said...

so you work for the dreaded oxfordshire narrowboats thought i would come down the grand union to miss this lot on the oxford but i got to weedon then smack yep the blue menace is on the gu any plans for the L/L as they like hitting my boat

Maffi said...

Comments like 'Dreaded' are not productive. If you have a complaint about the company please feel free to address them to the owner David Dare. He will listen if complaints are valid and not just spouting off.

Complaints about boating skills of the hirers should be addressed to the hirer, he being the navigator of the vessel and the responsible adult.

Contrary to popular belief hirers are not cut loose with out instruction. Depending on experience they will have not only seen a DVD of how it should be done but will have about 2 hours of instruction which includes being taken to a lock for a demonstration of the correct operating procedure. Certainly OXNB hirers are as well prepared for the canal as is reasonably practicable.

Maffi said...

Of course if you are going to address the hirer about his boating skills dont be obnoxious or shout or swear. They dont have the experience that you have and are normally pepared to listen to polite advice.

MortimerBones said...

not to mention that being obnoxious, shouting or swearing would generally make anyone not listen regardless of being a hirer!

Lady Lock Person said...

Dear anonymous. My name is Vicki. I hired a boat from the 'Dreaded Oxfordshire Narrowboats' last week and I didn't find the company dreadful at all,in fact, quite the opposite. Everybody at the boatyard was very kind and helpful and welcoming. Unlike the couple of private boat owners who were quite obnxious who enjoyed shouting and swearing at us for no apparent reason when we had done absolutely nothing wrong! And yes the boat was blue but I don't recall it being a 'menace', actually it was a very nice boat - clean and tidy, living up to the 4 stars it has been given. But I must say we all had a fantastic holiday and met some really lovely, friendly boat owners and cannot wait to do it all again.

Anonymous said...

this explains alot he must be dans son

Anonymous said...

Talk about not being productive and obnoxious. Perhaps if oxnb didnt hire to lads 10 on a boat plus loads of tescos ale. But then again we all know dollar is all your boss cares about

Maffi said...

The hire boat busines is about hiring boats are you saying we should turn away trade?

Maffi said...

Thank you Vicki for your comments.