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A Boat For My Potplants And Other stories from Wivenhoe

It all started with a boat renovation, but it has now developed into a story about a classic old Fiat and a 36 year old motorhome called Tallulah

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

If someone had told me five years ago that five years after moving to Wivenhoe we'd be invited to the vicar's garden party for wine and sandwiches, I would have laughed at them. Ha ha ha ha, I would have gone. But today it came true, thanks to the Gorilla...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I understand - partly thanks to the magnificent weather over the weekend - that this year's Wivenhoe Open Gardens has broken the record for most attended and most money raised. Okay, the adjudicator hasn't yet finally adjudicated, but I reckon it's a...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I promised to come clean about the gorilla, so here goes. To read the whole story, please see my blog . This weekend is the Wivenhoe Open Gardens, and I agreed to include my Boat For My Potplants among the 26 gardens taking part. As well as having a display...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

A while ago I was invited by Jeannie and Pat of The Wivenhoe Society to include my boat in the Wivenhoe Open Gardens. The Wiv Soc raises funds for the St Mary Church and a local charity by selling programmes and tickets to the event. What a damned fine...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I've decided to write a novel. On the Boat For My Potplants. It will become my office, my writer's retreat. Everything will be there - lighting, music, tea-making facilities, toilet, nice view, solitude. For the full story, see my blog The novel will...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I'd have to kill you if I told you of the secret location that I went to this morning in order to clean up the canopy for the Boat For My Potplants. What a brilliant set up. Plenty of indoor space, a warm water pressure washer, drying line, and a nice...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

According to presenter of the Motorhome Channel , Andy Harris, the show that features Tallulah The T- Reg "looks good". I can't wait to see it tonight at 8.30 pm. This could be a new beginning for me. A career in TV is beckoning. I see it all now...'Lights...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

What a day it was on Thursday! Firstly, the wonderful and excitable Andy Harris from The Motorhome Channel and his cameraman, the cool and calm Julian, turned up at chez nous. From there The Lovely Jane ('Erindoors) and I set off to see Tallulah The T...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

Knock me down with a light-weight bicycle spanner - the fisherman's shed that the fisherman doesn't much care for has finally been found a use for. And what a fine use it is too! The good people of Transition Wivenhoe are turning it into a bike-kitchen...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

REAL? Dear Blog-readers. If you go to my blog at www.aboatformypotplants.blogspot.com , and type in the word 'ERUPTIONS' in the search box (top right of the blog), and you'll be transported back in time to 2010 when I wrote about the battle of minds between...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

Is it really early March or am I dreaming? The sun comes out and so do the crowds. How could we resist taking the canoe out for a trip up the Roman River for a pint at The Whalebone? Up with the tide coming in, and back with the tide going out. That's...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I am lucky to have a boat upon which I need not worry about what tut I keep. It may well be ordinary tut to anyone else, but to me it's special tut. Painting of flowers by my mate Paul, aka 'Intrepid', as he often does mad intrepid things during our yearly...

Posted over 6 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

As a much-needed practice-run in Tallulah leading up to this summer's Latitude festival and our very own motorhome madness, we have decided to venture forth to deepest, darkest Lincoln. It's not until July, but I mustn't be complacent, as there is much...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

We were warned about the storm. Yesterday I took some precautionary measures and hoped for the best. I had dug in the kedging anchor and checked the lines. And I had moved the planters away from the deck sides. This morning, from the comfort of our flat...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

...A new plan for my Boat For My Potplants to help people avoid falling in the mud

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

'Bye Darling. Don't wait up for me', I said to Jane, as I was on my way out to meet Jerry on the boat at seven o'clock this evening. She was 'Erindoors, as I was preparing to become 'Imoutdoors - and go off to discuss how to develop my mad regular radio...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

Apologies, dear blog readers, for my recent absence from these 'ere world wide web pages. I'm back after a lovely holiday - but then I had a bout of the Ryanair lurgie that put me right out of action. I was so incapacitated that it was several days before...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

Well, it's all been river-related, but I didn't actually manage to get to The Boat For My Potplants to mess about with some new speakers. Maybe tomorrow. I never got round to try out the Bose speakers given to me by my sister Emma and her man Charlie...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

Thanks to the power of the Internet, my blog in ESEX LIFE MAGAZINE, and of course my Oscar award-winning (in my dreams) YouTube video (to the right on this 'ere blogsite), something wonderful has happened... I was contacted out of the blue by a very nice...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

The last time the Lovely 'Erindoors and I went down on to the Boat For My Potplants was a good few days ago - and that's a crime of the highest order - especially with this gorgeous weather we've been having recently. We've been just too damn busy - and...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I'm off on a slightly new direction on my journey, with preparations underway for a regular radio programme to be made on the Boat For My Potplants - now incorporating 'A Hi-Fi For My Boat' I feel that there's a resurgence of the wonderful world of vinyl...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I don't know anything about dogs, and yet I feel a friendly connection to them - especially Tetley, the Cutest Canine On a Boat. Please read my blog and see what all the furry fuss is about. The crazy story of A Boat For My Potplants can be seen, heard...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

Does anyone else share with me the joy of pottering? The lovely Mrs 'Erindoors has ventured West to visit her daughter for the weekend, leaving me to fend for myself. So on Sunday morning I decided it was about time I got on with some more boat-pottering...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

Is it only a man-thing, or can women potter as well? Read on to see Part One of a two-part duology (is that a word?) It was a wonderful sunny afternoon yesterday and I'd finished work early, so a quick pop down to the Boat For My Potplants wouldn't go...

Posted over 7 years ago by Neil Watson with 0 comments

I never thought for a million years that one day I'd be judging sweet little doggies on boats. But I am. And the winner is... Please see my blog