A Boat For My Potplants

My nautical project took me to glorious places, metaphorically speaking. There were parties on board. There was The World's Smallest Pirate Radio Station. Of course there were plants. And one day even a gorilla.
The boat also became my 'Writer's Retreat'. I decided to become an author, writing my debut novel aboard the boat. The book, called MUDDY WATER, was naturally set in Wivenhoe. Amazingly, several local people paid good money to have their names appearing in the book, and a lot of cash was raised for worthy charities - the RNLI, MIND, The Samaritans, and The Royal British Legion.
Now, my next multi-singular selling novel, FLORIDA KEY, is in 'production', due for publication in October 2017.
I'm sure to be visiting writers' block along the way, as well as euphoria, self-doubt and inspiration.
See how my book goes through all the stages - from initial concept to final print. I'll take you with me on my personal journey as I work on the words, on the cover, on the marketing, and on the publishing.
Maybe it will inspire you too to have a go at bringing out THE BOOK IN YOU. Everyone has a story in them, just waiting to be told, and after all, if I can do it, anyone can.
(Click on the tabs below to see more about the Writer's Retreat In France, the old Boat For My Potplants, Tallulah the Motorhome, Alfonso the Car, and Jane the Woman. And to find out more about MUDDY WATER the novel, click the cover to be transported to its Facebook page)

Sunday, 4 October 2009

This is my Tale Of A Boat For My Potplants. It is a new adventure for me - blogging and boating coming together for the first time.

I have moved to a new flat, which doesn't have a garden, but it is by a river. Wouldn't it be great to have a boat that I can sit on surrounded by my potplants?

Well, I visualised it happening, and I'm now on the first step of the rope ladder, now that I have been given a boat by a good friend.

The boat is a hundred miles away.

I know absolutely nothing about boats - a minor problem, indeed. I don't have a trailer. I don't have a car with a tow-bar. I don't have a mooring. The boat doesn't have a working motor. But I do have some potplants, so all will be okay.

Read my blog to see what happens.


  1. this is the best thing since sliced mackerel

  2. Hi Neil great idea never blogged before !All though i know little about boat building i am offering my carpentry skills to you to help in your quest for "a boat for my potplants".

  3. where the fishing hell is 100 miles from Wifenhoe? As the seagull flies it's either kings lynn, gt yarmouth or bognor regis, or hoek of holland or calais. Let's go

  4. Hi mad but very nice bro-in-law Neil,
    Can't wait to sit on your boat when it is moored up on the river Colne outside your flat in Wivenhoe! I'm sure some friendly person/s will help you get it there one way or another. Luv from sis-in-law Annipoos xx

  5. Neil I have your sister here who says Hi but can you come and take her away PLEASE!!!!
    She can't understand why you would want to travel 100 miles to sit with your pot plants.That's a sort of Winnie the Pooh comment. I am very offended that you think I'm mad?? I was going to offer my services as a skipper as I have my day skipper certificate but it doesn't have an engine I notice! What is the point of paying for a mooring for a boat to sit on - you just need to make a raft or take over a pontoon.