Cherryl Holliday (nee Duff) was born into a service family in England (RAF brat). Her early nomadic life gave rise to her love of travel and adventure. During her informative years, the family relocated to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). Cherryl moved to South Africa after Zimbabwe gained its independence and for more than fifteen years, carved out a life for herself and her two daughters before returning to England in 1996. It was then that she met her husband,Ian. In search of a project that they could build on together, Cherryl and Ian bought a near-derelict, ex-hire narrowboat and refurbish her. The enjoyment of fitting out and owning a narrowboat had to be shared with friends and family alike and it was during that time that Cherryl dreamed of exploring the English canal system. The second project boat was fitted out with the dream in mind. The wonderful people and extraordinary accounts of the canals prompted Cherry to write her first book "Dreams Really Do Come True".