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Join us on our travels around Europe aboard our Dutch Tjalk Francoise

  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

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Leaving the UK

Posted by contentedsouls on 19/04/2014

Monday came and so did the stress, well Jill says “it arrived a little before then” We had been preparing MR for the lift out at Watford since about Friday midday.

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Everything that was on the roof had to be brought inside, which left space for day to day living at a premium. We both managed to keep our cool and that was a miracle in it’s self.

8:15 Monday and the transport arrived driven by Tony a very friendly but professional driver. But before the Lorry arrived so did this lot:

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More about what has happened with those in the picture above from Jill later.

Then the Lift.

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Now we could breath again. Our goodbyes were said to Sue and Vic, NB No Problem, Kevin Too, taxi driver extroadinaire and Carol and George WB Still Rockin (who had driven for 2 hrs to visit and say goodbye)

Then a 2 hour drive down to Dover which was increased to 2.75 hours by a 5 Mile queue to cross the Queen Elizabeth bridge at Dartford.

I must mention here what wonderful friends we have, Kevin Too who lives in Derbyshire, drove from his home to pick-up Sue and Vic on NB No Problem who were moored in Llangollen and then drove down to meet Jill and I on Sunday evening, arriving whilst we were socialising on NB Indigo Dream (who had been in contact with us during the previous few days) who were moored outside Bridgewater Marina.

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All of this was unbeknown to both Jill and I and was a lovely surprise, needless to say we all went out to Dinner and that included the Indigo Dreamers, Sue and Richard.

words are not always enough to say how grateful we both are.

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14 Responses to “Leaving the UK”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    Certainly a weekend to remember, well worth every mile, and more so to see the look on your faces when we arrived 🙂

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  2. nb Chance said

    Good Lucky guys, we shall miss you this year, so looking forward to reading about it all on your blog, well done both of you! Doug and James xx

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  3. Sue Hunter said

    Well done! You made it then. Spoke to Sue NB N.P. the following day who told me of their epic trip to see you off as they were moored just past our mooring in Froncysyllte. Sue said she’d had a text to say you’d arrived safely. More pics if where you are please! Take care. Sue NB Beefur

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    • Hi Sue and Dave, it was a stressful couple of days, we shall put more photos up, but we are a little limited by available data allowance, once we’ve been here a month we should know how we’re doing in that department.

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  4. kwade said

    No one came to see us off 😦 Nice to have friends.

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  5. suenp said

    So pleased you have all settled in and on the move.. It doesn’t get much better than the transfer of the two boats like that. I am feeling a bit envious right now..

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  6. Kath said

    Glad to hear you have arrived safely!
    Enjoy.
    Kath (nb Herbie)

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