A return to memory lane this week. Already in the late seventies of last century, on our way to the north of the UK for having a holiday in the Lake District (beautiful!) the female half of the two of us spotted narrowboats and wondered whether they were for hire. After having visited a holiday fair in 1992 in The Netherlands we hired one that same year for the first time and immediately fell deeply in love with narrowboating and cruising England’s waterways. We frequently hired a narrowboat in England during the following decade. In 2000 we spent our holiday in the UK, where else?, visiting loads of builders and eventually choose Barry Hawkins Narrowboats at Baddesley Wharf, Coventry Canal, Atherstone, Warks, to build one for ourselves. A 60-foot boat, named ‘Utrecht’ after our home city, was delivered to us in December 2002. Baddesley Wharf would remain our home base during the entire period that we’ve owned her, almost nine-and-a-half years. Here she is, moored at the top of the Wolverhampton Twenty-One in 2003.