She started her journey with us in Slough and it has ended in a place we passed numerous times on our journeys up and down the waterways - Whilton Marina near Daventry. NB Friendship is up for sale. It's still a bit raw when I think about the last time I was at the tiller - taking her down the Grand Union through Warwick and Leamington after helping my ex through the Hatton Locks. We had a lot of happy times on her - and I hope she will make more happy memories for someone else.
The truth is, of course, she hasn't been "home" for me for over a year - but she was my home for longer than any other I'd known in my adult life. I suppose this is what 'normal' people feel like when they sell their 'bricks and mortar'!
Do you want to buy a boat? Buy mine! I'm only partly kidding - I'd love it if you bought her - but if you want to buy a narrowboat - buy one. If not mine, someone elses - or have someone build you one. I learned so much about the UK - and about mechanics and problem solving (!) living on a boat. The sort of self sufficiency that being a liveaboard requires is something I think everyone should experience. It really is a 'lifestyle choice' - and one I hope to be able to return to some day. It won't be soon - life's got other plans for me - but one day I hope to be at the tiller of boat, with the only sound I hear being a diesel engine and a few birds. I hope to be able to look over a hedgerow and see green rolling hills and wonder, "where am I" - and not to care where I am - because wherever I am, I'm home. Finding a good, secluded spot, tying up and making a new place my new home - if only for a day or two.
I'm getting ready to make a new home somewhere else - but I'll never forget the home Friendship was to me for 4 pretty incredible years.
If you actually do want to make Friendship your next home - her details are here - http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk/used-narrowboats/details/3523.aspx