Myself (Paul Massey) and my wife (Lee Massey) are very lucky. We may not have grand wealth, a big house in the country or drive around in flashy cars but we do have something very special indeed. We have a narrowboat called Hannah. Hannah is not a shiny show boat that we polish every week and she is most certainly no spring chicken. Hannah is a cosy, most wonderful home that we can take anywhere around the beautiful canal networks of Great Britain. Hannah is a place of tranquillity away from what most people call a 'normal' life.
This website is a personal journal and insight in to what we get up to along the canal, our boating projects, wildlife and whatever else we feel like sharing with the world. This site also serves as a place to point our visitors to before they come and join us for a day trip, weekend or longer. For those thinking of buying a narrowboat perhaps this site will give them an idea of what they are letting themselves in for!
I like 'blogging' I do. If you are unfamiliar with what a 'blog' is then, simply put, it is an online journal where you can post up articles, videos, photographs and more from pretty much anywhere that you have an internet connection. Hannah the Narrowboat's blog is a bit like a captains log and I keep it very light hearted and not particularly politically correct - after all, narrow boating is like stepping back to the time where people where not so pathetic and actually had minds of their own (ha ha).
I post a wide variety of stuff on the blog from making stuff for our boat, photography around the canal, stories of our travels and canal life in general. If you like reading all the gossip and seeing what we get up to then this is the place to be!!
Contrary to what you may be thinking, we are not pensioners enjoying our retirement years, we are in fact in working '40 somethings' who do not believe that life is all about living in the 'rat race'. I work as a freelance graphic designer/musician (http://www.paulmasseycreative.com) and my fair lady owns a hair and beauty salon in Dunstable called Studio 55. At present we are not continuous cruisers and do not live aboard full time but I spend around half of my life aboard Hannah and my wife joins me for about two thirds of that time. I am lucky as I can work quite happily aboard the boat so long as I have a wifi connection. As time moves on we are both pretty sure that we will both be living aboard permanently, which is exactly what we would love to do once the circumstances are right.
We have 2 children, the eldest being Luke who now has a family of his own and the youngest being Emma who is 22 and has finally left home! We also have a Jack Russell dog called Buddie Weiser Woodgnome the First who we swear was a human in a previous life - clever is not the word. Actually the word is 'Skingy' but we won't go in to that right now.
Our home mooring is at Gayton Marina in Northamptonshire and we have been there for around 5 years now. It's not the most tranquil of places due to the A43 running alongside but it serves as a great base camp for us both in a business sense and in the fact that we can cruise north for around 10 miles before hitting a lock! We are probably one of the slowest boats on the canal as we really don't see the point of seeing how far we can get, we feel it's more about the journey and what we see rather than the miles covered. We are more than happy just pottering along for a few miles and then mooring up for a few days just to get away from it all and to enjoy the countryside and the wildlife that it brings.
If you have yet to experience the joys of narrow boating then let me tell you one thing. There is absolutely nothing like awakening to the sound of ducks and having a bacon sandwich whilst sitting in the cratch (the pointy bit of the boat) looking out at the world.