Oct 29 2012 By Natasha Gorbert-Hopkins
IN MY last post, I complained about how cold it is in my boat.
Im British, and moaning is therefore my forte, but I would hate people to think that I genuinely dont like living on a boat this time of year is also one of my favourites on a narrowboat.
When it gets colder, and the sky turns steel grey and the heating doesnt reach the whole way down to my bedroom, then things might be different. But in autumn, the canal is a beautiful place.
Id recommend walking to Cowley Lock and along the towpath towards West Drayton. The trees line the banks of the canal, and in October they start turning all those gorgeous shades of yellow and red.
The path is blanketed by leaves crunching underfoot, and wisps of smoke curl from the boats chimneys, filling the air with that distinctive woody smell.
On cold mornings, a layer of mist coats the water, broken only by the silent path of a swan or duck. It feels a hundred miles away from the grubby suburbs of London - yet with a handy Tesco just across the park!