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

  • July 2014
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Archive for July 24th, 2014

Mouzon to ecluse Alma

Posted by contentedsouls on 24/07/2014

Found this heavenly spot where we joined Dutch Barge Meganck for the evening with Belgiques Anne and Michelle – another of those little bit of French, little bit of English evenings. Lovely people and a lovely evening. That’s their gorgeous little dog, Jacque, under Muttley – believe me they were having a great time

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Ideal for sitting in the sunshine for the day whilst I started working up my designs for the starboard side hatches and G started on the rust spots/re-painting of the bow deck. We were then joined by a Yorkshire couple in their 70’s  – been out here for 10 years.

Could have happily stayed for quite a while but Daisy was filling the boat up with mice and we had run out of beer and fresh veg was getting low!

My ‘Mr Bean’ had a text from our lovely Jean Charles today, trying to encourage us to return!

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Both locks today were a bit awkward as the ladder and DIY  control were right at the back so I had to put G in on the ladder to walk the rope and boat down to the front and put it on a bollard – there was nowhere else to tie the front off.

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Baxter and Muttley trying to stay chilled amongst my paint pots. Oh, I forgot to show you the pictures of our first ever Storks!

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