I had the opportunity to attend the Crick Boat Show (again thank you for the ride Jamie), the largest canal boat show in England. I hoped to learn lots about the narrowboat world but wasn’t really prepared for the whole experience! These people know how to party…meet new best friends. Chris, Julie, and Poppy, you <made> the weekend for me. Best.Time.Ever.
I decided to camp in order to really get into it. Little did I or anyone else anticipate the storm that was to hit on Sunday night. I’ve never in my life experienced such continuous thunder and lightening, and for so long. I managed to stay dry although the dance ‘floor’ wasn’t so lucky…
The show itself was a showcase for canal boats and all the ‘stuff’ that goes with them. New boats were everywhere, which I completely ignored. I didn’t go into a single boat, new or used. I am happy with my choice, I don’t want to see something that I wish I had or had bought instead. I did, however, buy a ton of stuff! It was a great place to pick up canal or boat-specific items like a windlass, tunnel light, mooring chains, LED bulbs, the list is endless. Good thing Jamie has a large boot (come on, you know what that is…).
Although some thought it was a smaller show than previous years, there were still a huge number of boats there. This is a short section of the adjoining Grand Union Canal looking toward the pub (that’s just how I orient myself now).