Thursday, 19 April 2012

Social net working

Sitting up in bed this morning I got a message via Facebook from a very old friend. It was a request asking us to use just one word to describe our first meeting.
I typed in "lock"
She replied instantly and the memories flooded back.
The first David and I had a boat on the Great Ouse. There are quite a lot of locks and one day we found ourselves in a lock with another boat whose crew were in dispute!
The man was in his cockpit. The woman was on terra firma . The man was brandishing a coiled rope he wanted tied on to keep the boat steady as the water rushed in.
"Take the rope" he yelled .
"Say please" she said sweetly.
This exchange went on for a while until my husband climbed up a lock ladder and secured the boat.
I was enthralled. Here was a woman after my own heart!
We went on our separate way and looked for a pub for lunch. The other couple were already there.
We ate together , laughed alot and remained friends ever since.
Happy Days Babs. The joy of social net working can never be over estimated!

-- Post From My iPhone


  1. that was one of many funny incidents on our boats. Now waiting for a book on the subject from you. So glad we are still friends, even though we live a long way from each other

  2. me too Babs . I am in doubt as to whether the world is ready for an account of our ramblings on the inland water ways of England......might be too scary!

  3. we were laughing at the episode on Hemingford Grey. We had all decided to have an evening meal, was it The Cock? Anyway we got off our boats and you said to William 'Look after the boat William'
    After a very pleasant meal (as always in your company we wandered back to the boats. We all said goodnight and then you tried to get on your boat.
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 'William darling its me mummy'
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 'Oh come on William ypu are being silly, now let mummy in'
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr at this point David took over. 'Now William this is sill let daddy on the boat or I will be very cross'
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 'Jean see to that dog'
    At this I was on the grass unable to stand with laughter.

  4. I had forgotten that completely! It wasn't unusual for him to create havoc was it? Do you remember the warm evening when all the boats were barbecuing. He went up the tow path snatching bangers and chops from all the low lying ones! William was a springer spaniel. A legend on the great Ouse.