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

  • August 2014
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Posted by contentedsouls on 08/08/2014

We loved it outside the sleepy village of Mouzay and ended up staying for a week. Unfortunately, we haven’t had an internet signal since we left there so I’m now giving the blog a bash on the ‘Live Writer’ for the first time. Trouble is, without getting on-line, I don’t know where/when the last post I published was.

Hopefully I said that we went and spent some time with Debbie and Kevin whereby we collected our amazing water filtration system that Kevin built for us and my new camera. We no longer have to pull into ‘proper’ moorings if we don’t want to as we are now completely self sufficient for water. For the first time in six and a half years we can have really long showers and run the washing machine whenever we want. G is also running a sprinkler system from the pump which runs river water over the boat to cool it down. This will make a massive difference to our ability to keep moving in the winter – both of us had been dreading the idea of taking a prolonged winter mooring.

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An unusual centrepiece in the middle of a roundabout en route

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This is our new filtration system – a series of filters and ultra violet light sterilisation

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An early Sagar barge (1991), Albertine, moored up across the way and we were invited round for drinks with Andy and Clair – a lovely evening and a chance to pick their brains (my pen, notebook and French/English dictionary are my constant companions these days – I had to buy a handbag to cart stuff around in).

The following day we were hailed by a passing narrowboat; Chris and Helen on NB Jeremus Picator. They hovered and chatted for awhile before moving on. We are starting to see quite a few Red Ensigns now – they are no longer the total rarity they used to be.

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You can just see MR moored across and behind them – I must admit I’m beginning to hanker after a bit of width and some ‘on board’ outside space.

3 Responses to “Mouzay”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    Oh no, you’ve replaced your windlass with a handbag!
    Graham better remember that you are now armed 24/7 LOL

    So can we have the technical info on the filter and cabin cooling systems please?

    And yes, I too have seen lots of French decorated roundabout islands, they’re great 🙂


    • I confess Kevin that I have hung up my windlass. Handing you over to the technical department x

      En Anglais: We pump water from the River/Canal into a 4 filter system, 50 microns, 20 Microns, 5 Microns then 1 micron then into a 1 meter UV chamber where the water is sterilised it then goes into our water tank. the water we drink and cook with then goes trough a 0.5 micron filter(porcelain) font at the sink.

      The cabin cooling system is simply two 15 mtr water irrigation systems running down either side of the roof(spraying fine jets of water) which uses the water pump from the aforementioned water system to pump river/canal water over the boat thus reducing the the roof and tumbleholme temperature by several degrees. Thus using employing the formulae, every item on the boat has to have more than one use.


      • Kevin TOO said

        WOW he’s a clever chap is Mr Avalon 🙂
        On that formula then I would be redundant, no use at all me!! LOL


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