Saturday, September 08, 2012

Hello Sailor

That would be Captain Highriser to you, as I navigated down the mighty Murray River in about 2002. I cannot agree with Ratty. I did not like messing about in boats, especially a fairly non responsive to my steering commands houseboat. Go thataway, I instructed it via the wheel. Some minutes later, it would do so. One must plan ahead with boats.

I imagined lazily throwing a rope over a mooring post along the river bank. There were no such things. Instead I had to turn against the river current and then drive the boat full pelt into the river bank, hoping the nose would stick and I guess I did something with a rope then. No, I'll not be messing about in boats again.

PS, those jeans I am wearing look very ugly and unflattering. I will guess that they were a pair of R's hand me down jeans, only worn when doing messy things, like falling into the muddy Murray, almost.

15 comments:

  1. Hello Andrew:
    We too have nurtured a romantic idea of 'messing about in boats' drawn straight from the experiences of Ratty and Mole. Clearly it is not like that at all. We shall delay launching our rubber dinghy on to the Danube!!

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  2. JayLa, I think a tinny might be the go, to use the Australian parlance. A small aluminium boat with an outboard motor. I don't suppose the Danube sees too many tinnies.

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  3. When I was much younger I thought living on a houseboat would be fun and romantic. Then the kids came along and I started dreaming of twenty room mansions so we could all have more space. Funny how things change. I'm happy with a very small flat now.

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  4. I thought the same River. I was thinking of a boat on the lake in Srinigar in India, with servants of course. Once, and in retrospect a good investment because of rising property values, we looked at buying a large Victorian mansion with many rooms. But how many rooms do two people need?

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  5. Messing around in boats is great fun, as long as the boat in question carries 150 or more passengers, has a lovely dining room and bar, and stops at every island for a day tour :)

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  6. Hels, you are such a girl after my own heart.

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  7. The jeans aren't too bad.

    I'm glad you didn't crash the boat.

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  8. There's always been something rather scary about houseboats to me. I guess I just like being on solid ground. :)

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  9. I can see an Amsterdam style video of your boating exploits in the wind.

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  10. The first thing I thought when I saw the photo was...Andrew looks good from behind (even in those baggy jeans). I guess I am superficial?

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  11. Dina, I didn't be it was sweat making stuff.

    Rubye, maybe you have a mental image of them going over the edge of a waterfall.

    Victor, I think I was at least as good as she was.

    AdRad, you are gay. Of course you are superficial, so the stereotype goes.

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  12. hmmm, I still want to do a long boat holiday in the UK.

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  13. The English canals Fen? They would be good too.

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  14. Sounds trickier than I'd like to cope with Andrew, anyway you know I am definitely a feet on terra firma kind of gal! An interesting fact I've noticed about jeans is that men always seem to wear their jeans baggy, and women no matter what size their derriere is always wear skin tight..I'd like to admire a few more men's bums, ah well c'est la vie!

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  15. Grace, I used to wear tight jeans when they were fashionable. Now I like comfortable without baggy. Nice to see tight stove pipe jeans around now.

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