Another watercolour of Albert

A few years ago I received a wonderful watercolour of Albert crossing the Iron Trunk, by Peter Bowtell. I recently received another watercolour (well water-based felt tip pen actually), this time from a far younger artist, my 4-year old granddaughter Florence. She and her sister Amelia recently had a sleepover on Albert and in the summer had taken a trip on Albert along the London Waterways. She was obviously taken by the trips.

NB Albert by Florence Fink

It is a very good effort at capturing Albert's main features - the right cabin colour (green), the correct window style (rectangular), an engine exhaust in the right place, flowers on the roof and a swans-neck tiller at the stern. It's all very closely observed and I will treasure it.

A Published Photographer!

A few days ago, quite out of the blue, I was contacted by Waterways World wanting to use some of my photographs that appear on this site. Of course, I gave my permission.

They had seen my 2013 photographs of horse-boating on the Grand Western Canal. The Tiverton Canal Company, who operate of the few horse-drawn canal boats on the canal system, had recently lost their star horse, Taffy, and WW wanted to mark his passing with a news item - not quite an obituary. 

Taffy in action in 2013

Taffy featured on the front cover of the 2012 Country File Calendar that raised £1,234,577 for Children in Need. The news item appears in the December WW issue along with my photographs.

There is more on Taffy in the local Devon press and Horse & Hound.