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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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Iced In at Ligny

Posted by contentedsouls on 30/12/2014

Well we’ve had two visitors over Christmas – one being the lockie who came and closed the lock gates on his moped in the pouring rain – and the second being the American wife of the Papa whose daughters’ and niece run our ‘local’ She needed some fresh air and dog cuddles as she has a Schnauzer back in the states and was pining for a bit of stinky dog moustache; my two were more than happy to resemble that requirement!

The snow started to fall overnight on Saturday and, although the rain washed it away Sunday morning, it came back with a vengeance so we pulled out onto the main line to filter some water, fill the tank and stick a couple of loads through the washing machine. There is a very large barge here with liveaboards on it, so we didn’t fancy filling from here in non-moving water. A timely decision as we’re now iced in. A snow covered working peniche passed us whilst we were over on the main line – if we really wanted to move we probably could break through this ice here today and follow a peniche down. We’re reasonably happy here though and we have free electric which is quite nice for the central heating whilst the temperatures are below zero. My God it was cold out there – the wind nearly !ripped the lining out of my lungs

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Busy today: flat battery on the car, washing machine door broken off, run out of coal (incredibly difficult to find), run out of dog food and more hassle with the insurance company on a rented property after the bathroom ceiling caved in following the flashing being stolen. Up early this morning as we needed to get out and get things sorted before the 12am closure – the witching hour when everything shuts down for lunch. Didn’t achieve it all but did quite well with time left over to make lunch for tomorrow for June and Mike off NB Temujin who are driving across to spend the day with us tomorrow.

The car battery will be delivered to the local restaurant on Friday and we have somewhere to go New Years Eve if we so wish. The latter depends very much on the weather.

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6 Responses to “Iced In at Ligny”

  1. Kath said

    A Happy New Year to you both! (Bonne Annee et bone sante) Good luck with surviving the winter.
    Kath & Neil (nb Herbie)


    • Happy New Year to you and Neil. Sorry for the delayed response, but the snow and ice has been replaced with strong winds and rain which doesn’t do our internet or satellite signals a lot of good x


  2. indigodream said

    Ooh, run out of dog food? I’l have to send over some emergency chicken! Hope you don’t get iced in for too long – there’s nothing quite like the continental cold. Happy New Year to you all – what an amazing 2014 you’ve had – let’s hope 2015 is even greater.

    Sue, nb Indigo Dream


  3. Kevin TOO said

    Happy New Year 🙂

    Hope you got the coal and battery… sorry to hear that you’re having “property issues” 😦
    On the plus side I guess it all helps pass the time whilst you wit for the ice to melt!! LOL


    • A rather belated Happy New Year Kevin. Battery and coal were tracked down eventually. Our days are quite full in the winter just keeping body and soul together!
      The ice has gone and we now, like you, have strong gales and rain (and lots of extra gendarmes!).


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