No, not your lover, your chimney. And no, we didn’t lose our chimney, but Bill did. It was one of the many highlights of our stay in Salthouse Dock in Liverpool. Others were (in random order): the morris dance performance (with it’s huge audience), The Pump House, speaking Dutch, buying a clock and barometer, the Read More →

It’s going to be a beautiful day. Although, at 8 o’clock in the morning it is still cold. Outside the boat and inside, because we let the fire go out. We’re waiting for the things to come. In this case, CRT-people, and more boats.The latter all arrive around half an hour later. One unknown boat, Read More →

There is something that worries me. We have a starter battery that is in good condition. And our four domestic batteries are new. We’ve been on landline all the time, and all five batteries were fully charged when we left the marina (starter battery was 12.6V, the domestic batteries were 13.0V). They should get charged while cruising, but when Read More →

It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and there is only a light breeze. Just about perfect to go to the nearest pub, the Saracen’s head, in Halsall. According to Google Maps it’s a 2 mile walk (including getting out of the marina), but it certainly feels longer, especially after a couple of drinks. We’ve Read More →

Don’t worry, we’re doing OK. But it is definitely time for another update. Unfortunately not a lot about cruising yet. One weekend we had to go to a demob party at the Commando Training Centre of the Royal Marines in Exmouth. The engine of WRT had it’s annual check-up. I certainly needed a hair cut. Read More →

It’s exactly one year ago when I saw them for the first time. They seemed OK to me. For Magda it was love at first sight, and Lawrance definitely did like my name. I knew I would still miss the couple who designed me, and had me build, but Lawrance and Magda would be a lot Read More →

Instead of watching silly ducks and moorhens, trying to cope with something that looks like water but definitely is something else, I better write an update. Because there are many: On Point of no return; On Boerenkoolstamppot; On Moorhens. Moorhens Let’s start with the most important update: the moorhens. Usually we see a lot of Read More →

Remember the strange sounds we heard when we were frozen in? That Lawrance thought it must be Nessie? (see I hear* the sound of…) Well, I’ve seen ‘Nessie’ today. Our neighbour’s son was fishing, sitting on the boat. And within half an hour he caught this! These monsters live between and under the boats. And Read More →

Stamppot (or vegetable mash) is probably the most favorite dish in the Netherlands during the winter. A combination of potatoes and some vegetables, mashed together, and served with a smoked sausage and gravy. The latter served preferable in a little pit, made in the middle of the stamppot. Sometimes lardons/pancetta (spekdobbelsteentjes) are also used, either next to Read More →

No, not of braking glass. And in fact I hear two sounds that I’ve never heard before, since I moved onto the boat last June. Both sounds seem to originate outside the boat. One sound (the one that wakes me up at 5:22 hrs) doesn’t bother me immediately. It sounds like the zip of a cratch cover, Read More →