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

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Archive for November 5th, 2014

It seems a very poor show to moan when mates are going through seriously bad times

Posted by contentedsouls on 05/11/2014

….so I’ve tended to shut up but, I guess, life doesn’t work like that long term. Take this as a warning (now I know that Les has pulled through) that I’m about to have a whinge. Everything I do has to be without putting pressure on my right arm so I can only take one dog/rubbish bag/shopping bag etc. So most of the jobs in my day have to be done twice. As my mate Brian Holt quoted from Andy Capp, “ don’t struggle with that bucket of coal – make two journeys”. Then I ate some dodgy pate and had 24 hours of deli belly and now, I suspect, a cold.

Pete and Sal are coming out from Norfolk to meet us for dinner in Reims Friday evening for the weekend, and I have now been cleared to drive the boat, but with caution. There is, of course, no way we can do 168 kilometres and 120 locks between now and Friday evening. Thank goodness we have monumentally great mates; one of which, whose boat is a lot nearer to Reims, that are willing to lend it to us for the weekend. If you are wondering why we don’t just book into the same hotel as Pete and Sal, I couldn’t agree more – nothing would be more wonderful, but that is the price you pay for pets and there is no way we can meet with French requirements to book 2 dogs and a cat into French kennels at such short notice, so it’s a case of making the best of my bad job. It’s rained solidly for 24 hours and the dogs hate it – they just won’t go out and do the necessary until they are 14-11-02 1293714-11-02 1293914-11-02 1294114-11-02 12942desperate – desperate is currently middle of the night/early hours and we are both very tired. OK, that’s it – enough whinging…sorry!

We have had lots of sunshine and the Mutts and I have enjoyed the walks when he’s not sleeping to build up energy to wake us during the night.

(sorry, I’ve jumbled the pictures again). We have booked a passage  up through the lock tomorrow to leave MR in the marina – goodness, will I remember how to drive the boat after 4 weeks?


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We had a new neighbour tonight – first boat movement we’ve seen in days – lovely lines.

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Sorry to grumble, but if I don’t where is the honesty in the blog

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