Well it’s that time of year again folks. Herbie lies at her mooring with the plumbing drained down in case of frost, her secondary double glazing installed, and the Christmas goods are in the shops. So therefore it must be nearly time for . . . . .
The Herbie Awards !!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes the annual extravaganza, first instituted in 2007 and followed ever since by an audience of millions, (give or take millions) is imminent. All over the canal system, anxious pub landlords await the announcement of the shortlist for Best Pub, chandlers nervously wait to see what gadgets to stock up with following the Best Gadget Award and the bosses at CRT place bets to see which bits of their canals win the ultimate praise of Herbie Awards. All this and more will be coming your way over the next few weeks, culminating in the big prize, the Oscar of the canals, the Herbie Special Award for someone who has done something special this year.
So get down to Sketchleys with the old tuxedo or ball gown and shine up the best shoes while you await your invitation to the hottest show in town.
Herbie has been out and about all over the place this year, the Oxford canal,
Brum & Fazeley,
Whoops, can’t find my pictures of that, must be on the ipad
Trent & Mersey, and the Staffs & Worcester,
and Stratford canal,
so we have plenty of great places, pubs, meals, pints, moorings, towns and villages, boats,
scary moments, good and bad locks etc to choose from. Plus how about a new reader nominated category, some aspect of canals /boating/ boat people you would like to see included.
Which will be the first category? Hmm, let me think. Maybe tomorrow I’ll find time to choose it and a few nominees.
I can hardly wait so don’t be late.