Firstly a very Happy New Year to you both – we hope you enjoyed seeing in the New Year in style, with family and friends!
Having recovered from our own New Year celebrations and having survived our first week back at work, we wanted to write to say a huge thank you to you both for all you did to make our time on board Chieftain narrow boat so comfortable. We had such a lovely time helped enormously by the comfort that we experienced on board – one thing for sure it wasn’t the weather that contributed to our comfort!!
Although Joe has been on a narrow boat before, I never have, so to book your boat during the Christmas period was, to say the least a risk! I was always very excited and keen to “have a go” and the idea of getting up on deck, cruising in the winter sunshine, possibly even snow, soaking up the fresh air and meeting other people on the canals was appealing to me. What we didn’t anticipate was the amount of rain, the high winds and the serious floods that hit the Oxford Canal. However, we were never fazed by this. Chieftain narrow boat was so comfortable and fitted out to provide us with all the amenities that we are used to at home. The two double beds in particular were so comfortable and with radiator central heating on board, we were never cold. The galley kitchen provided us with the equipment to cook a good meal on board, although we decided not to attempt a full Christmas Dinner!
Cruising the Oxford Canal on the narrow boat was truly amazing – the sense of freedom and the joy of meeting so many interesting people along the route was brilliant and has provided us with an enormous amount of memories to treasure. It’s a holiday for all ages; we had Mum and Dad on board who are going to turn 80 next year, Joe, who did most of the ‘driving’ is nearly 70 and then there was me, whose age shall remain a secret but certainly a lot younger! Just as well, because my job was opening the locks!! After the first couple, this became second nature and easily possible for fit healthy people.
It’s a great holiday for all ages, at any time of the year. We had some of the worst rain this year but it didn’t stop us – it only gave us more determination to cruise again in the Spring when hopefully the weather will be much better.
Once again, we can’t thank you enough for the “extra” help you gave us – your hospitality and flexible attitude certainly helped to make our holiday such a memorable one.
Hope to see you again soon – in the meantime, please do send me more details about the painting course in March – I am really interested in pursuing this opportunity. Best wishes –
Linda & Joe – Mum & Dad – Christmas 2012