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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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Archive for July 19th, 2014

Lumes to Bazeilles

Posted by contentedsouls on 19/07/2014

I’d heard himself telling Martin that he’d not managed to get a hand on the tiller for several weeks – so, as we set off on Wednesday, I relinquished the lock RCU and let him have the boat back. 4 locks and around 15 kilometres found us on the old curly bit of the Meuse on a pontoon that belongs to a hotel which is closed for refurbishment.

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Monsieur invited us up for, ‘a cup of wine at the  end of the day’. It gets dark about 11pm – any ideas on what time that is?


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My first ever ‘selfie’ – that is my hat NOT my beer and bread belly!

I had a good trip up the River Chiers on the kayak with Kingfishers and Kestrels in abundance – paddled like a demon against the current and drifted back trailing my feet in the water.14-07-17 10841 14-07-17 10843

Tracy and Martin taught me some rude words in French (you never know when you might need them) and they were written down in my open notebook on the table when Monsieur popped round unexpectedly this morning with bread. Highly amused (him) highly embarassed (me). 

We were invited to join Monsieur and his friends for drinks and nibbles last night – I left them to it after an hour or so. All the blokes stood as I left and the mandatory double kiss was required (right cheek first ladies); lovely. Fred said he would take us out in his Mercedes this morning but he sent apologies as he wasn’t well this morning – nor was my husband. They demolished 1 litre of Pastis after I left! Gutted, my first proper French invite and I was all poshed up – men! 





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