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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

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Finished the port side hatches (still moored at Lumes)

Posted by contentedsouls on 12/07/2014

Well the rain held off long enough for me to complete all my chores and then settle down to an afternoon of painting. I have, at last, completed the port side and am now feeling all inspired to start on the rear doors. I’m just off to cafe Renee to practice my French conversation and play the daft English person – it would be rude to deprive the good folk of Lumes of their entertainment. I have researched my conversational gambits and have some of the right words but not necessarily in the right order.

Blimey, a narrowboat has just turned up!

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7 Responses to “Finished the port side hatches (still moored at Lumes)”

  1. Mo Woods said

    They are lovely John said did you paint them from the birds you see and from me they are lovely I wish I could paint like that Love from us both Mo and John xxx


    • Thank you John and Mo. I’m afraid I had to use the bird book as a reference – the little b’s won’t stay still enough for a ‘life’ painting. I wanted traditional style folk art but not roses and castles as MR is a modern semi-trad. So this was my take


  2. juneg4ouh said

    What’s the other narrowboat called?


    • Genie’s Wish. Martin and Tracy
      Patience June; it will be on the next blog lol x


      • juneg4ouh said

        Ta! Always on lookout for NBs we haven’t seen before and we’ve been out of France for over a year now – looking forward to getting back. Side doors look lovely, you did a great job. Enjoy the peace me’an’im xx

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  3. juneg4ouh said

    p.s. have a great Bastille Day – might see the fireworks in Charleville from where you are!


    • Thanks June. We had 11.45pm fireworks here in Lumes again last night (as we did the previous Sunday), but still a mystery as to what the stage and marquees are for. It’s 6.45 now and nothing happening – we were told there would be eating and dancing so I thought Bastille Day. Perhaps it should have been after the boules final yesterday, but was a write off due to the torrential rain (again). I rather like not having a clue as to what’s going on 90% of the time – it makes each day an adventure xx


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