Today the last of the junk is collected by the council. The garage is mostly clean, except for the wood for the wood stove. Yesterday I had an appointment with the third real estate agent. This one was the only one of the three who came on time. The others were half an hour and Read More →

Yes! I can finally see the end of the de-cluttering! I managed to get a couple of appointments on very short notice. In two days the people from the second hand shop will (once again) collect the (more or less) valuable stuff. Hopefully including my windsurfer (with mast and sail etc) and my old winter Read More →

I realize now what I didn’t do when I started de-cluttering my house. I should have taken pictures of how things used to be. But I never imagined it would be so different. I only realize that now, after I more or less emptied my storage cellar, hoovered it and got rid of all the Read More →

An update on the de-cluttering. Today the council will collect waste paper. And they will be in for a nice surprise, while I have empty space in my garage again. And because I met Lawrance last night when he was in Den Oever, I got the newest Waterways World magazine, so I will definitely have Read More →

I get the feeling that the process of ordering the boat, and supervising the building, will be the easiest part of the job…! In the last two weeks my scanner (and I) worked overtime. Beside having a heap of books, I also have a fair amount of magazines. And they have to go as well. Read More →

It’s five weeks after our holidays and summer finally arrived in the Netherlands. That is, I don’t feel the need to switch the heating system on in the morning anymore. Not that either Lawrance or me have time to enjoy the weather. Lawrance is definitely back in the rat race, having been to Poland, the 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 →