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

  • May 2014
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Posted by contentedsouls on 01/05/2014

One of the reasons we were so late leaving Ieper was that there was a stoppage until 1.0 pm between the two locks just outside – home from home really. We hadn’t really intended to re-join the main arm and turn right under the lift bridge but, as the lockie had had to come out to do the second lock he was quite keen to see us through the lift bridge (the last ‘item’ in his domain) rather than go home and come back in the morning to lift it – either that or he wanted to see four recalcitrant Brits off of his patch!



Avalon waits for the Lockie




We follow through and moor shortly after – no base camp required Tuesday as we availed ourselves of some concrete steps although the house behind ‘owned’ them and came to enquire what we were doing; mellowing when Kevin explained wed be gone in the morning. This pretty little thatch cottage was opposite us and we had a delightful chat with the owners






Nice property along this stretch




The habitat of the dentist; the ‘owner’ of the steps





We trundled on into Dixmuide yesterday morning and upset the harbour master by cruising past his (expensive) mooring and setting up a base camp just outside of the town – passed the old wharf and the monuments






This base camp was a bit steeper than some but we’re becoming quite proficient at climbing up and abseiling down – the dogs (even the elderly Baxter and Ted) don’t bat an eyelid at these banks.

The motley crews assemble for an assault on the town – and what a charming town. The ubiquitous town square of course but charming side streets and navigable (not by MR) narrow canals abound – if the weather stays good I feel a kayak bottom wetting coming on tomorrow.





Checking out the prices of electric bikes





The old fish market – I don’t know if it still exists. I hope so as I haven’t found a wet fish shop here yet












Would the ‘wimper’ be the bikini wax?













Yet again we arrived in the town at lunchtime with all the shops closed so, yet again, we had to have a beer whilst we waited for the shops to open. Debbie and I then went into Carrefour to get a few bits but there were no baskets inside so we ended up with armfuls of stuff that we struggled to hang onto – all I needed was a cabbage so that I could yell Crackerjack!

Thank you for all the lovely supportive comments yesterday – I didn’t mean to sound down.

8 Responses to “Dixmuide”

  1. Andy Healey said

    A trip in the Kayak will cheer you up.


  2. I have had a lovely day but, you’re right, a kayak trip is just what I need Andy. Lovely to hear from you – it’s been awhile. Hope you’re well.


  3. Kevin TOO said

    Crackerjack! LOL
    I’m surprised that you are only ‘thinking’ of launching the Kayak,
    go on…. get your bottom wet… you know you want to… LOL


  4. Greygal said

    I feel a motorhome mission coming on…pile in the hounds, pile the beer on top of the hounds and away we go! Shall we bring our own Flymo?


  5. Graham Trimmer said

    Interesting Place. We once had the ‘misfortune’ to visit it on the week end that the ‘IJzerwake’ was taking place. The whole town was full of scary looking shaven headed neo -nazis who were converging on the IJzertoren, ironically a peace monument !


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