I’m the skipper for today. I need to practice steering and handling the boat at locks because after tomorrow afternoon, me and Lawrance are on our own. So Lawrance does the locks. Everything goes fine, Stanthorne Lock, Wardle Lock. And while Lawrance is still on shore, after doing Wardle Lock, I have to turn left Read More →

For Eddie and Carol Egg Bridge is as far as they will get with the boat. From now on they are on the way back. It is still difficult to grasp, though. They live in Warrington, and if someone asks them where they went for this weeks holiday, they have to answer: Chester. Which is Read More →

Today we leave the boat for a couple of hours and take the bus to Chester. It still might rain once in a while, so we have our umbrella’s with us. Chester has some nice houses, and a beautiful cathedral. The cathedral has very intricate (old) wood work, and it’s enclosed garden is a tranquil Read More →

After a good night we’re off in the direction of Barbridge Junction. The weather is still not too good, but we don’t need our waterproofs. The cabin crew spends a lot of time to clean the vessel of all the remnants of dirty shoes. But also finds a moment to man the tiller, while others Read More →

Today Lawrance starts as skipper. Eddie is the second officer, and Carol and me are the cabin crew, as well as todays lockies (or should I say wind lassies?). Although it’s dry when we start in the morning, we will get more and more rain, as the day progresses. First we’re amidst industry (Roberts’ Red Read More →

After doing some necessary shopping we’re off to Acton Bridge. We, that’s me and Lawrance, and Eddie and Carol, Lawrance’s older brother and his wife. They have been on a narrowboat before, albeit years ago. Twice we miss Black Prince’s yard, but the third time gets us there. Our boat, Sienna, is not ready yet Read More →

It’s about two months later, and narrowboats are still an important factor in daily life. Due to the fact that, one day, I had the stupid idea of: I could live on a narrowboat! Straight away, a thousand reasons popped up, why me and Lawrance should buy a narrowboat. Lawrance retires next year, so living Read More →

It’s late afternoon, on the 14th of February 2013. A blizzard howls around the house. Not the first one this year in the Netherlands, and probably also not the last. Inside my house I’m curled up in my favourite chair next to the cosy warm wood stove, with a hot cup of tea and a Read More →