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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Posted by contentedsouls on 08/12/2014

Ever since we refurbished MR’s saloon we’ve been umming and arrhing about replacing the seating in the saloon – individual chairs versus sofa. What wasn’t on our list was this option.

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The leather chair gave up it’s well worn hold on life and collapsed, so MR now has one captain’s chair and a camping chair. Despite having the car with us we are, actually, quite a long way from anywhere and a day trip failed to resolve the issue at either of the two stores within reasonable driving distance. We’re also thinking, if we’re going widebeam, what would we take with us if we’re going to fork out mega bucks. I’ve seen what I want and they are expensive plus an 8 week delivery so it looks like camping chair for xmas (don’t tell him but it’s, actually, very comfortable).

We trundled through one more lock which puts us in a better place for the boys and Daisy but we are still waiting more parts (evidently – it’s a man cave thing going on) so we won’t be moving for a bit. All the lock lights were out when I walked Muttley to the Chateau this morning, the entrance was clearly marked ‘private’, but it takes more self control than I possess to resist that avenue of trees!

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We just had a little peek – naughty, but irresistable

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Then there’s this stream – stunning kayak territory. I’ve found somewhere to put the kayak in but I think I might need to get out and push in places so wellies required; quite fast, so goodness knows where I’ll get out!!

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This evening we started to do the old tippy uppy thing again. It’s been ages since that happened and, sticking my head out, the lock light is green and a dirty great peniche is coming –  and a right mess he made of getting into the lock. Just goes to show that no-one is perfect!

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You see the size of these peniche and it doesn’t seem possible that they can fit into theses, relatively, small locks. I guess it’s the same fit as a 72ft narrowboat in a narrow lock – just scaled up and very tall!

2 Responses to “Indecision”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    Now Jill, I DO believe your comment in the previous post…
    “It is a LOT of layers, I promise; I really haven’t shovelled the weight on despite the temptation”
    So if it wasn’t you that broke the chair then the finger can only point at AN Other then !! ROFLMAO 🙂


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