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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Archive for April 27th, 2014


Posted by contentedsouls on 27/04/2014

We arrived in Ypres Friday and set up base camp; the ‘usual’ palaver of scythe, long mooring pin, climbing rope and footstool.



Saturday morning we woke surrounded by legs with strimmers and told we would have to move as the kayak club were holding kayak polo comps today (Sunday) morning. There was only one place for us to go (other than leave) and that was into the harbour where, so far, they charge so much per metre – ouch! Kevin did some negotiations with the harbour master and arranged a 24 hour stay at 15 euro per boat if we breasted up. I must admit it’s nice not having to climb out for a while.


We went back to the Menin Gate today so we could see the actual monument (without the 2,000 people that were there for the last post last night).


 I’ve done a few recys out with the camera. For such a big tourist centre everything is remarkably ‘shut’ on Sundays. The architectural detail is amazing even on the new buildings which replace those destroyed.

Avalon’s Herbie bounces better than Tigger; I just caught this photo at the ‘top’ of his bounce to see if he was missing out on anything








Then I rounded off the weekend with a bit of window shopping


That’s all I’ve time for at the moment as we’re off round to WB Avalon for roast beef now


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