I don’t wonder you love boating Mr Allnut

I don’t think I could ever return south to live, but I do miss the English canal network. I can empathise with this quote from an Italian enthusiast in one of the ‘anorak’ magazines that I sometimes buy.

Francesca Morini: “I usually start walking along the canal carrying the weight of my slightly dull existence on my shoulders and end up with a head full of dreams”.

Narrow locks on the south Stratford canal
Narrow locks on the south Stratford canal, taken on a trip to the RSC at Stratford upon Avon, May 2012

For those who don’t know, the title of this post comes from the following exchange between Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen:

Charlie Allnut: You know what would have happened if we would have come up against one of them rocks?

Rose Sayer: But we didn’t. I must say I’m filled with admiration for your skill, Mr. Allnut. Do you suppose I’ll try practice steering a bit that someday I might try? I can hardly wait… Now that I’ve had a taste of it. I don’t wonder you love boating, Mr. Allnut.