Trading Tales – The Floating Art Gallery Boat

We’ve received some encouraging comments about our ‘Trading Tales‘ series (keep the comments coming!), and I’m feeling hopeful traders will continue to send me their tales to publish for a good few weeks yet:

“Hi Sandra
Wanted to let you know how much we have enjoyed reading your series about the trader boats on the canals. Who would have known there was so much variety?”


“Lovely to see a family enjoying the cruising life and home schooling.”

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Trading Tales – The Jam Boat

This week’s Trading Tale features a couple who’ve been greatly missed on the cut so far this year. Sometimes life throws us a curved ball and we take time to readjust and refocus.

We’re hoping to see them at the three events they currently have scheduled in September …

Introducing Helen and Andy

Wild Side James and PreservesWhat’s the name of your boat, and what business do you run from it?

We make and sell preserves including Jam, Marmalade, Chutney, Vinegars and Cordials and wherever possible we try include a wild ingredient, foraged from the hedgerows and towpaths.

We make a lot of our produce on ‘Wand’ring Bark‘, the motor boat, and use our butty as a pop up market stall at canal festivals. There was only one name for that: ‘The Jam Butty‘! Continue reading

Trading Tales – The Bag Boat

We’re onto our seventh Trading Tale today would you believe? You’ll discover lots in this story to entice anyone pontificating on whether to take the plunge …

Introducing Jane and Paul

What’s the name of your boat, and what business do you run from it?

Bags by JaneMy name is Jane Parker, and I sew and sell all my own handmade handbags, cosmetic bags and caps. My husband Paul is a photographer and sells cards of his canal photographs.

The name of our boat is Pania. This was her name when we bought her in 2013. Pania is a figure of Maori mythology. She was a beautiful maiden of the reef who lived in the sea, and is the symbol of the New Zealand city, Napier. Continue reading