When I wrote my last posting little did I know that the hundred or so words about Barby Moorings would generate such a reaction. Within an hour or so I had comments and personal messages warning me of the lack of actual facilities there and some directing me to a thread on a discussion forum (I’m sure that Google will find the thread for you if you’re interested) about the problems which moorers were experiencing there.
When we visited the site on the day I published the post, it was clear that it was far from complete, but were assured by the owner that the pontoons (including the one we were to moor on) and basic facilities would be there by the time we arrived, hence my upbeat description of the facilities planned; I mean… would we have handed over a deposit if we weren’t convinced? I did however make it clear by use of phases such as “with plans” and “other amenities are to be added in the coming months” that these were indeed plans.
I didn’t make immediate changes to my blog as I could not be sure which were facts and which were merely allegations, however one contributor to the forum decided from my ‘glowing testimonial’ I was a lackey of the the owners and launched an astonishingly personal attack on me calling into question my integrity and even my faith. (To be fair, I have since received a message of apology from him.)
Needless to say all this raised questions in our minds as to whether this was really the place for us to spend the winter (even if it costs us our deposit) and as we understand that the promised works are still incomplete, we have decided to take a BW winter mooring here at Fenny Compton.
“Who steals my purse, steals trash, but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.”
Othello Act 3, scene 3 – William Shakespeare