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

  • December 2014
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More shenanigans with the impossible language

Posted by contentedsouls on 05/12/2014

We have been waiting in Void Vacon  for the delivery of a new fuel pump to the VNF office. The internet tracking system said it was delivered on Saturday, but the VNF office (delivery address) isn’t open on a Saturday and I was advised that there would be a location somewhere in the town that would be an alternative delivery point – because everything is closed a lot there is, evidently, always an alternative!

Having checked the bar/tabac and the boulangerie to no avail, I checked out the small store with my carefully learnt French about parcel collection. Madame told me to stay where I was and disappeared out the back. I felt extremely proud and knew that G would be delighted at my getting the fuel pump; out she came, swept passed me and outside to feed Muttley a biscuit!! My accent is clearly even worse than I thought.

We have now befriended the VNF man who told me off for travelling without permission (which I had been given) and, bless him, he turned up with our parcel on Monday having recovered it from the poste.Who knows! He also told me my coffee was good – now there’s a complement from a French man. I’m loving these little French towns, I know we are providing them with a great deal of amusement but they are so happy to engage with us.


Very cold when we left yesterday, but I was very cosy under my eight+ layers. 5 locks all set and waiting for us, now in Sauvoy; middle of nowhere.. perfik. Suits us fine for the weekend.

It is a LOT of layers, I promise; I  really haven’t shovelled the weight on despite the temptation


6 Responses to “More shenanigans with the impossible language”

  1. juneg4ouh said

    Jill you are doing much better than we did when we started! And parcels have caused us no end of problems over the years but the French are nearly always helpful. Sad that the Poste Restante system is now virtually non existent. Thought you may like to look at what Wiki says about Sauvoy (French version, UK verson says nothing) just look at the graph for population decline – why the huge increase in 1891 though??


    • So far we’ve had no problems with finding, or using, the post restante system but we were moored right outside the VNF office and it should have been delivered before the week-end. Have looked on Wiki, that population rise is intriguing – if my French was up to it I’d ask around!!! If we’re doing better than you did ..well…. x


  2. Jaqueline Biggs said

    I LOVE your hat!! You look saucy in it despite all the layers. I hope you and G have a good down comforter on your bed. We ours indispensable. It dropped to -4 C last night her in Cow Roast. We hope your shoulder is healing well. Les is dong great, too. Love to you both,


    • Read your updated blog – shame you’ve had to fight so hard on top of everything!
      That hat is soooo warm; multi-layered like our duvets. Sorry, comforters! We have a winter weight which we add to the summer one and have just done that this week! -4 should be nothing to a hardy Alaskan gal! that’s summer for you – love to you both xx


  3. Joni Arrighi said

    Hi, Quite impressed by your internet postings!! Really enjoying reading about your adventures. My son left yesterday via British Airways and had quite an experience with customs at Heathrow! As he said, ” those bloody Brits”. Lol


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