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  • 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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Niuewpoort to Oudenberg (another memorable name!)

Posted by contentedsouls on 05/05/2014

Yesterday was Sunday lunch day (lamb courtesy of G and apple sponge courtesy of Avalon – jolly nice it was too) so we stayed put on our luxury moorings with steps and I took the opportunity to give the dogs a decent off-lead walk.


Whilst G pacified Daisy who had been stung by a nasty Belgian winged insect and was not desperately amused!



I came across two pairs of beautiful Shelducks with their unmistakeable red beaks and black and white body work; there was very little else to see except the odd farm building. I did meet a delightful Dutch family who now live and work in Flanders and were spending the week-end fishing. They offered me fish to take home for dinner and I thought they were joking until they started hunting for a polythene bag to put them in – I graciously (I hope) declined due to the leg of lamb in the oven.







Then the Police turned up (again) under the impression that we’d just come into the country and wanting to do lots of paperwork, until we explained we’d done all that 3 weeks ago. Daisy pushed passed them with a mouse in her mouth and they wandered off again. The nice Dutch family came round to make sure we weren’t having problems.







On leaving today we have to pass under 5 low lift bridges; so they arrange two convoys per day at 10 am and 2 pm respectively. We opted for the latter and held off against a red light until 10 past. 9 boats came towards us and Avalon and us were the tail end of 5 going towards Brugge with a hire boat immediately in front of Avalon.



It was a dull old journey but the weather was glorious and we have a ‘proper’ mooring which is free with free water and electric; joy,joy,joy. Except I’ve just overloaded the electrics so now I’m in deep doo doo.





4 Responses to “Niuewpoort to Oudenberg (another memorable name!)”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    Ahhh… Tripping the light…. fantastic LOL
    I’m sure you be OK once the Oudenberg Line Man has fixed it 🙂


    • Yep, the Oudenberg line man has fixed it and wash load number 4 is on the go. FREE electric – it’s so exciting. I’ll be up all night washing and drying. Look out boys…..


  2. Alistair said

    Do you attract this much attention from the police back home? Maybe the continental constabulary have heard about Graham’s roast dinners!

    Poor Daisy! I hope she recovers from her sting.


    • I think you’re right Alistair; they were just hoping for a lamb sandwich. Daisy is fine but well peed off as she’s been stuck on board (for her own safety) for 48 hours.


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