Variety is the splice of life – Guest Post by, Ian Hutson…

Check out this guest post from author Ian Hutson from The Story Reading Ape Blog.

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More correctly, the splicing of variety is life afloat.

When moving my boat around the English countryside I feel rather as someone might do moving about a house using secret doors and passageways. In books these shady characters furtively slip through doors that masquerade as dusty oil-paintings or they shuffle past cunningly-designed revolving fireplaces controlled by pressing on just the right section of the mantelpiece. In my life on the canals I suddenly duck out of the crowd and disappear using overgrown and hidden steps down the side of ancient bridges, or I simply carry-on walking at the point where the dog-walkers stop to turn around, and I fade like a ghost into the overgrowth. Sometimes, on misty early mornings, it must seem to the bricks & mortar dwellers that there is more than a touch of the Merlin about how I am in view one moment and gone…

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