Saturday, 10 March 2012

Boaters Alphabet (Y)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" today's letter is Y and is for a Year spent afloat. Winter yellow - is the colour of strange tasting snow. Soft spring yellow - is the colour of the Daffodil. Sunlit summer yellow - is the colour in the eye of the oxeye daisy. Autumn Yellow is the colour of the first falling leaves. There is never a bad time of year along the canal.

is for Yellow, the colour of the warming sunlight in the morning.

is for Year, never enough time spent afloat.

Some people who frequent the canal will never know the beauty that surrounds them. As they hurry home along the towpath from their fraught working day. Some people can only see an overgrown footpath and feel sorrow for the mud on their shoes. As they hurry home, collar up, against a light shower of rain. Some people will never see the joy in a kaleidoscope of light. As they hurry against the coming dark. There is never a bad time along the canal. Someone has it to do, its a very rewarding task - I am so pleased its our turn.

Yacht - A pleasure vessel powered by sail.
Yaw - To swing, veer or steer off course.
Yard  - A tapering spar attached to ship's mast to spread the head of a square sail 
Yardarm -  Either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship. 
Yawl  - A sailing ship’s small boat carrying a mainsail and a jib.


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