I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Just a Welsh Mist
Narrowboat in the Rain
The weather here in the UK has not been
ideal this trip. We have been able to count the sunshine in hours, and it is
not that many. Mostly it has been damp and rainy. The Welsh folk just seem to
accept this as normal so we have adapted and are going with the flow. We all
brought rain gear and the boat comes equipped with full rain gear and
Wet Aqueduct Crossing
One day while piloting the boat through a
gentle rain we passed another boater going the opposite direction and made a
comment about the rain. He answered “This is not rain, this is just a little
Welsh Mist.”. We discovered that this is a local term to refer to any rain,
even a downpour is “just a Welsh Mist!”.
Today started out quite nice (which means
no rain) and we made it until lunch without breaking out the rain gear, but as
we crossed into England from Wales, the clouds opened and we got to experience
a real “Welsh Mist” and it rained hard and steady all afternoon.
The Crew Dressed for the "Mist"
Now in a narrowboat you have no choice of
inside or out for the bridge; you drive standing at the back of the boat
steering with a tiller. No windscreen, roof or side curtains. You need your
raingear. People on the canal just accept it and keep going, so we did the
same. Our raingear worked fine, but we discovered that Tilley hats are not
waterproof, and Bill and John’s “waterproof leather” Australian hats were an
exaggeration; everyone’s head got wet.
I managed most of the afternoon, but I have
to admit, when a crew member came out dressed in dry raingear and offered to
take over, I decided that I had had enough of the Welsh Mist. Time for a beer!