070306.Monkton Combe, “Look Ma, No Hands!”

March 6, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Posted in Canals, countryside, Monkton Combe, people, Reflection, somerset | 6 Comments

070303.038.Somset.MonktonCombe.DundasAqueduct.basin.LookMa No Hands
Alright, as previewed in yesterday’s post, this shot series also takes place along the Dundas Aqueduct and the Dundas Wharf. The photos are in reverse order but the story on how they were taken is linear. There’s actually no story so everyone will figure it out.
I was photographing a dog sunning itself on board one of the canal boats with its tail dangling near the water when another canal boat sails past me. There was, as mentioned yesterday, no name on this black-red boat but the person driving it looked particularly stoic/annoyed (I’m not good at reading expressions). He had what the Americans call a fauxhawk, or what the Brits call “the fin,” and I think the best way to describe the expression on his face was that he looked like he had something up his…. Anyway, this guy was the only one on deck standing like Napoleon with one hand in his coat and the other somewhere else as he cruised over the aqueduct, which didn’t raise my curiosity despite the fact that this part of the canal especially requires steering.
The boat was moving slowly enough that I, and the six people I was with, got on a bridge nearby to take an “aerial shot” of the nice canal boat with its BBQ Grill figurehead, kayak lifeboat, bagged garbage, and potted Christmas Tree.
I took one of the bow and thought that would be good enough to post.
Then I thought, might as well stay another two seconds and get a shot of the bow with the kayak.
And since I had two-thirds of the boat, I thought might as well get the whole thing – and that’s when I, and the six others, found out how this boat is steered.
Can’t imagine you’d receive a driving permit with that technique.


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  1. well you have your proof that he has something stuck up his arse. i can imagine exactly what sort of person he is. love the doggie pic!

  2. So I guess he did have something up his….
    At first I didn’t think he was even real-the whole thing looks like a model boat or something.
    Wonderful series of photos and a most amusing description!

  3. Did you know that a “fin” is also (mildly archaic) slang for a five-dollar bill? I just found out this past week.

    (Lovely photos. Potted plants liven up every living space.)

  4. This little dog seems to be at his home- sitting like that demands a lot of practice.

    I think the dog is Cavalier King Charles spaniel :


    BTW,you are a brilliant writer of stories.

  5. tres tres bon ce post, les photos sont superbes. bravo

    very very good this post, the photographs are superb. cheer

  6. Love this series of photos. There’s something incredibly romantic about canal boats, locks, the whole thing.

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