It was lovely to meet up with Bill again yesterday. He's 85 and has been travelling on the canals for nearly 30 years now. What I like about Bill is that he's open-hearted. He's particularly friendly with solo boaters, sharing the pleasures and pitfalls of that lifestyle.
You get chatting to him and within 5 minutes you're in his boat having coffee and talking about everything under the sun.
I like going on his boat which is quirky and homely and I steal ideas for my own boat.
He also insists on giving presents! We'd been talking about Spain (he's learnt Spanish so he can be his friendly self over there too!) and I came away with a fine Alfonso XII bottle opener which I am currently putting to good use on a bottle of Westons cider - yum.