Little Venice is one of my favourite places to moor for a few days. It’s near Paddington station from where I can catch a train to work; there’s an interesting and ever-changing line of boats along the towpath and attractive houseboats on the other side; and conveniently it’s at the junction of two canals so I can head off in whichever direction the fancy takes me. There’s a floating puppet theatre and the Waterside cafe nearby and the Canal Cavalcade from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May.
It’s proving difficult to get a wireless connection in Little Venice. There are plenty of networks available near the canal, some secured, some not, but they keep switching on and off as I’m trying to get work done. Plus in order to use the computer off the inverter I have to run the engine for several hours to make enough electricity. Perhaps my desire to live on a boat wasn’t such a good idea, since I’m a website designer.
Chatted to the owner of a smartly painted wide-beam boat about the vandalism that has plagued Little Venice this last year. Kids throwing gravel, kicking windows and using catapults. Many of the boats here have makeshift shutters over their windows. Last week while I was in Seattle the galley window was smashed but whether it was an accident or vandalism I’ll never know.