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

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Archive for January 31st, 2015


Posted by contentedsouls on 31/01/2015

Woke to over an inch of snow this morning but I was taking no prisoners – out G must go to fetch the bread and croissants whilst I had a leisurely shower. Jolly good bread it was too.

We ventured forth at lunchtime for a well deserved beer – G fixed the leaking water pump and I cleaned the oven – mine host was our favourite type; spoke to us slowly in French and interjected with the odd word in English when we were stuck. Also, politely, corrected our ‘le’ and ‘la’ and general pronunciation. This is what really teaches us.

Afterwards I wandered off with Muttley in search of the Supermarche – couldn’t find it! Evidently we can sort out our groceries and they will drive them to the boat: Mr Pargny (uncle of mine host). Just the ticket as we don’t have the car at the moment; if only I could find it!

As I left the gendarmerie were all over a car they had pulled in, including sniffer dogs, so all is still a little tense here.

The big peniche left this morning so we were able to drop back and lose the skinny gang plank – treacherous in the snow and ice this morning. Also on free electric so water making laundry day today.

Only 9 more sleeps until we collect the No Problems


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