Out this afternoon for a gentle 3 hour cruise from Cropredy to the foot of Claydon locks and back with a small group of young people on a friends narrowboat I came across this familiar looking vessel.
My grandchildren love the Muddy Waters books but I didn't know that I would come across the real thing so close by.
A quick look at the website reveals all. They are Oxfordshire Narrowboats in disguise.
I will not decry a good thing. If it gets children interested in boating it will be great. However, we may be at the start of Muddy Waters popping up all over the system like Thomas the Tank engine does at every small steam railway in the country on any Bank Holiday. I hope not.
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