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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

  • December 2014
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Possession is 9/10ths of the helm

Posted by contentedsouls on 21/12/2014

We’re dropping down the last 12 locks into Ligny-en-Barrois tomorrow, our destination for Christmas. 3 more of the, supposedly, automatic locks and I’m just praying not to have to speak to Bar le Duc control – 3 locks, it’s not a lot to ask that they could set automatically, is it? The nice man there has become so familiar to me I feel that I should swap the ‘vous’ for ‘tu’ when I address him!

After that we’re back on the remote control unit and can set our own locks. Whoever has possession of that RCU has the helm and, at the moment, Graham is quietly confident that the helm is his as he, generally, gets up first. I, however, go to bed last and will be slipping that RCU under my pillow!

A domestic day today really, followed by dog walking and a slap up lunch – turkey with brandy, morels and farcie followed by pancakes. Is it Christmas?

I checked out the River l’Ornain today, I’ve been desperate to kayak this ever since we encountered it (it’s perfectly feasible to take the kayak out in the winter without wet or dry suits). It’s not feasible now – not at my age anyway! A tad too lively.

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So, when we reach Ligny tomorrow (hopefully), we should be able to settle down for 5/6 days; do a bit of shopping, eat out and swap towpath clothes for City gear.

7 Responses to “Possession is 9/10ths of the helm”

  1. have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! xx


  2. kwade said

    We liked Ligney. We stayed there a few days. This is where the strange house is with the garage with many oddities in. I think also there is a small / private aircraft museum.



  3. Harry (Debbie) and Malcolm said

    If you fancy a trip out to cambrai at anytime we are here on our narrowboat malcarry


    • Hi there, we’ll probably be up your way around March/April to do our blacking – plans and boats! Have you been out here long? Are you moving over winter? Lots and lots of questions …….


      • MalcolmandDebbie said

        Hi we are not moving till marchish so we may see you. We have been here since October and enjoying it all even the two dogs floyd and Henrietta who are irish terriers. Are you intending to stay here permanently as we are. Speak soon if you fancy stalling us the number is 07849472774

        Sent from my iPad



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