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

  • April 2014
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We have arrived, where? Belgium ofcourse.

Posted by contentedsouls on 20/04/2014

Monday was a complete day of stress, which once we had arrived in Belgium, one would have thought would have subsided. NO. we drove of the ferry at Dunkirk, to receive a phone call from our boat transporter to say, “where am I supposed to be, I can’t find anywhere that looks like we can lift your boat in?”.

Oh No, its a marina in Nieuwpoort and from what I could see on Google Earth, there was only one. Not the case says he………..oh …k says I. We are about 30 mins behind you (god knows how?)  I’ll sort it when I get there, park up where you can and I’ll come and find you.

All the information we needed was in my rucksack, which I had left on the boat….whooops!

We arrived some what frazzled, to say the least, but soon found MR. I went to an office which was at the address I had on an email from the company who were going to put us back into the water. It was the Politei, however, they told us where to put the lorry overnight. I told Tony, the lorry driver where to park told him I would be back as soon as I had booked Jill and the animals into our hotel.

30 mins later I picked Tony up in my car and we set off on a mission to find the Crane which would put us back onto the wet stuff. It was nowhere to be seen. Stressed or what…………..



here’s what Baxter thinks of Belgium, oh look who is parked behind MR……its Kevin and Debbie of WB Avalon awaiting her arrival.

ah….. we have found the crane…….it was tucked away for the night.


The photos never lie, the picture above is of MR suspended some 30ft above the water, we were being put in at low tide, dont ask me how it felt suspended  that high above the water……


phew arriving safely on the Pontoon, albeit somewhat at Sea, Yes this is the Sea………but look who has followed us in….


That was one hell of a day, but it was not over…..more to come. Bye for now.


17 Responses to “We have arrived, where? Belgium ofcourse.”

  1. Kevin said

    Sue and Richard NB Indigo Dream told us about your adventure. We are hoping to do similar at some point, wishing you all the best on your journey.
    We will keep an eye on the blog.
    Kev and Jan
    NB Peace of Pearce.


  2. Thats one hell of a drop! Glad you have arrived safe and sound. I tried to wish you Bon Voyage yesterday but some how I was denied access. So am trying again now. Fingers crossed this posts.
    Best of luck for the future and we look forward to reading your adventures.


  3. NB QISMA said

    Glad to have found the blog.,looking forward to following your adventures. We taking long way to Fens via Bristol Channel


  4. Alistair said

    Great to hear you have arrived (landed?!) safe & sound. Like many, I heard about your departure from the Problems. Have bookmarked the new blog and look forward to following your trip.

    Take care of each other and happy travels!


  5. suenp said

    WOW what a ‘crane’! I suppose you had to stay aboard as there was no way of shimmering down that dock wall! 😮 I see Baxter is marking his territory already, clever boy!

    Have a great, great time and keep the blogs coming! xx 😀


  6. Nev said

    Now that is a great adventure. We were in Belgium on the bike last year, it is a great place and the rivers lovely. We would like to do the same,but we have to do the 5 year uk canal apprenticeship first aboard Percy. Your new blog it on my blog list and I look forward to sharing the journey with you, take care. Nev NB Percy ( A long way away in Fradley !!)


  7. Jane & Roger nb Paneke said

    Good luck to you and the menagerie, keep posting.


  8. […] indefinite amount of time exploring Europe’s waterways. You can read about their adventures on their new blog, along with the process they went through to get nb Matilda Rose ready for Europe. I’ve been […]


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