The last two sacks of coal in Stone, the Christmas tree is dead and the fairy is missing-in-action #narrowboat #England

Ian is getting ready for Christmas on the canal ☃️

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company.

Purple coal, and emblazoned with a U.S.-style locomotive for some reason!

(The cow-catcher is the clue.)

Perhaps this coal hails from Pennsylvania or somewhere. I remember the days, pre-[bitch-cow]Thatcher, when we used to mine our own coal in this country…

I thought that the chap at the chandlery was making une petite blague when I asked for ‘Two sacks of coal please mister’ and he replied ‘We have two left.’

Then he pointed me to the one sack by the till, and he went to fetch the display sack out of the chandlery window. I kid you not.

The gentleman was, for a chandlerist, uncharacteristically polite and cheerful about the transaction, and he deposited the aforementioned two bags outside on the steps of the chandlery ‘…so that I wouldn’t have to come back in again…’ I was collecting them on the hoof, using Mr Trolley, and thus intended to…

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