At this time of the year, I am reliably informed, those who live on the nations waterways, find an appropriate spot to moor-up and from there are confined to relatively small sections of the canal.
Because at this time of the year the lock gates, at designated locations are maintained and serviced and are consequently out of commission.
I met these two 'gents of the waters' during the week before the snows arrived.
One in a poncho and a wooly hat. Oh, Jeans and wellies too.
The other in conventional gear but kept warm by the weapons-grade BO and the overlapping tattoos from head to foot.
Both wonderfully affable, knowledgeable and wholesomely great people to meet on the canal banks.
Real characters - with integrity, and personality in spades. Honest to the core, but would also lie through their (very few)
teeth for you, without batting an eyelid, if necessary.
Only the horses were missing; or it could have been a scene from the early 19th century.
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