What a gorgeous morning

Spotlight on, fog generator working. And WRT appears on stage. That’s what crosses my mind when I set off, early in the morning. Just about to turn around in the winding hole after the New Scarisbrick Arms. This is what I saw when I opened the back doors, earlier on. Mist rising up, over an Read More →

Mooring on Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal

…I like to be prepared. Too many times I’ve been in a lorry, crossing a EU/non-EU border. Morocco, Tunesia, Switserland. The amount of paper work needed, and the amount of time it takes to cross the border is unbelievable. And this is the ‘normal’ daily situation for these borders. Now think Brexit. All border personnel Read More →

Cruising 2019

That’s us back at Scarisbrick. We had to hurry home, because Lawrance is running out of tablets. Which meant me getting soaked the last four days in a row because of the horrible weather. I definitely need new (and proper) waterproofs! Anyway, time for statistics. We’ve been out 185 days, which is a lot less Read More →

It’s on!

…but had no choice. The Fire Is On! Much earlier than last year, or 2014, or 2016. In these years we lit the fire in the first week of October. I didn’t record what date it was in 2015. Only in 2017 we lit it early, on the 18th of September. Hopefully lighting it early Read More →

Beware: 18 miles of fishermen

Trust me to run into the biggest fishing competition of the UK. The final of the 2019 Division 2 National. A staggering 18 miles of Shroppie is lined with anglers, with about 25 yards between each angler. OK, there are places where there are none, like Woodseaves cutting, or the Tyrley, Adderley and Audlem Locks. Read More →

Ochre Coloured Bugbrooke

What’s the point of making plans? For landlubbers it might work. But when you live on a boat… forget it. Almost three weeks we spend on the Grand Union. Three weeks of hard work. The locks are all double, and have very heavy lock gates. Boat after boat after boat is moored up at the Read More →

Show off!

We’re in Braunston, and met up with Ann and Mick again. They’re facing east, we’re facing west. Then there is a change of plans. Why not cruise together for a fortnight and explore part of the Grand Union? Yes, why not? Well, we’re facing the wrong way, so I have to turn around. Jokingly I Read More →

Household chores on hottest day ever

Cruising on a narrowboat every day doesn’t mean it’s holiday every day. There still are household chores to be done. So when Lawrance is on the tiller, I make him a cup of tea, once we set off, and after that I try to do an hour of household chores. When I’m on the tiller… Read More →

Room enough to pass?

I know, I not the best person to write about first hours on a narrowboat. Just an extract of this blog about my first hours on a narrowboat: At first everything is going OK. It’s raining, and a bit cold, but I’m doing fine. Until… I get oncoming traffic + moored boats at starboard side Read More →

Surreal...!

No one dances, no one dances. Sur le pont de Banbury No one dances, ‘coz it’s gone. Banbury, the 1st of July. Do you see the foot bridge? Of course, you can’t miss it. Banbury, the 22nd of July. Do you see the bridge? Is it missing? It sure is. Of course I could have Read More →