I am going to stop talking about speeding boaters. I am going to stop asking speeding boaters to slow down. I will stop asking private boaters if the need mechanic to fix the throttle that seems to be stuck in ‘bloody fast’, and I am going to stop asking hire boaters if they missed the bit where they said, “ slow down past moored boats”. The truth of the matter is you have to be here to see what is happening. No amount of writing is going to paint the right picture.
From now on I am going to store up my ‘distemper’ for the day when the Oxford Canal is all but impassable then I will say, to the likes of Granny Buttons when they come this way and complain about the state of the banks,” I told you so”, and you can bet I will say it more than once.
This mooring pin, not far from here, is actually in the towpath because the bank is crumbing away.