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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

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Archive for January 29th, 2015

Revigny-sur-Ornain to Contrisson

Posted by contentedsouls on 29/01/2015

6 locks and 4 kms

We really shouldn’t have moved today, the bad weather deteriorated into atrocious weather, himself valiantly on the helm and we were accompanied by a lady in a VNF van – for no apparent reason other than jobs for the troops. I have no idea what the village of Contrisson has to offer and, in this weather, I have no intention of finding out.

I was molly coddled today and stayed within the boat (going down so can easily single hand) hovering and cleaning until mooring stations. The wind was off the bank so had to use that well known technique of ‘beaching’ the bow whilst himself re-assembled the front end and threw a gang plank ashore and a sturdy stake so I could get the back end in.

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It was only 12.30 when we moored so I decided to face the job I’d been avoiding for sometime – going in

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That’s the oven – not the local cattle.

Moving again tomorrow to get into a town for the weekend, running out of milk; that’ll be 4 days cruising on the trot.

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