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)

Monday, 11 January 2010

I know what it is now!

My boat is a Callumcraft 22. Not a Norman 22, as first thought. The Callumcraft is very similar to the Norman, and is in fact based on the Norman. But it's not quite a Norman. Shall I go on? Okay, I won't just now, but I bet you, dear bloggees, are very relieved to finally learn of its true identity.

Last Friday I had planned to go to the boat at its current mooring in St Neots and to bring back its motor, ready for servicing. But the bad snow prevented me. So, the trip has been rescheduled for this coming Friday. My fingers are firmly crossed that the weather will be kind to us for our second attempt.

And now for some GREAT news concerning the servicing of the outboard motor...and the publication of Essex Life Magazine. I'll tell you tomorrow...

In the meantime, here's a pretty picture of the pub outside of which my Boat For My Potplants will soon be moored...


  1. fame at last! what a surprise when i opened my essex life this afternoon and saw "my boating blog"

    made me smile can't wait to come abroad for a captains dinner I hope its a better service than the rose and crown!!! lol

    see you soon

  2. If its FW Child it's a Teal. My dad had one of those.

  3. Hi Mike
    Thanks for leaving your comment. Have you got any more details about your Dad's boat please? I'm trying to get to the bottom of what mine is.

    1. Ni Neil, reading your blog with great interest as I've just bought one of these awesome boats. May I ask, where did you find the nameplate on the boat? I've looked all over and can't find it. would love to know where to start looking. Thanks. Paul Dyson.