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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 August 22nd, 2014

That Otter is a Coypu (moored St Mihiel)

Posted by contentedsouls on 22/08/2014

Our visitor came back this evening and climbed onto the bank, revealing itself to be a Coypu – whilst in the water it looked exactly like an otter but the rat like tail on the bank gave the game away – it’s a busy little feller and quite entertaining.

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Yesterday was skinny day so we distracted ourselves by taking a drive out ‘off line’ rather than think about being hungry. Our first stop was Butte de Montsec. A memorial to the American dead of WW1 built on the highest piece of ground for miles around and, therefore, fiercely fought for. Ironically, in WW2, the monument was severely damaged by the Americans whilst trying to clear it of German guns. It’s now been completely renovated and the view from the top is spectacular.

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We then thought we’d drive down to Lac de Madine that you can see in the distance. I couldn’t resist these tumbledown sheds en route.

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Lac de Madine was beautifully done for a family day out with wild flower meadows, artificial beaches, pedalos, cafes, etc., but not to our taste so we walked the dogs for awhile and called it a day.

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I’m definitely ready to move on now, but the bank at Verdun still hasn’t had the stuff come through. Kevin’s brother is coming out for a visit tomorrow and he is kindly bringing things out for us too. Specifically the mended IPad which means I get my Kindle back off of G! Mind you, I must have lightened MR’s load by at least 15 physical books during it’s period of absence.

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