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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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How to get the car out of the garage and a spot of dog sitting

Posted by contentedsouls on 30/05/2015

We’ve been in Europe for over a year now and I haven’t once managed to see a car being craned off of a boat; but this was even more exciting as Aslaug was about to offload their car from within it’s garage hold, not just off of the deck.

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If you look carefully you can see how the boat tips as the car comes over the side. The entire operation took about 30 minutes.

There is, of course, another purpose for the block and tackle.


After the excitement and coffee it was obvious G’s tooth was badly infected and by the next day his face was all swollen up – it clearly wasn’t going away without intervention. So, with the help of Google’s I Translate, G found and rang a local dentist. The gist of the response was that, for an abscess, he needed to see a doctor to get anti-biotics – predictable, but you have to start somewhere. G decided to present himself at the medical centre he’d seen earlier as face to face is easier to understand than over the ‘phone. Good in theory had the medical centre not turned out to be a psychiatric hospital!!!! A lady had followed him into the reception area and overheard his predicament – she immediately ‘phoned her doctor and arranged an appointment for him within the hour. Ain’t folks grand.

So, the next morning, we moved MR back outside Temujin and left her and Daisy in the care of Mike and June. We were off with Baxter and Muttley to look after Ted and Herbie on WB Avalon for a few days whilst Kevin and Debs were off to Marrakech to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, due to G feeling rough, we couldn’t really make the most of the town and by the time we’d walked 4 dogs 4 times a day my feet weren’t really up to sightseeing. We did manage a couple of nice lunches out though. Herbie and Muttley soon resumed their playtimes (Muttley seems to have forgiven Herbie for nipping his bum last summer!).

After G recovered Debs and Kevin from Orly airport in the evening, we left to drive back to Corbie the following morning as we knew we had to get unloaded and re-provision the boat to leave again. Shame we couldn’t stay for lunch but time was getting tight.

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2 Responses to “How to get the car out of the garage and a spot of dog sitting”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    WOW, what an impressive system that is, thanks for photographing it for us me to see:)
    I guess you can unpack the shopping once the car is back at deck level too before you drop
    it into the garage… and I thought that having a push bike parked on the front of MR was cool… LOL
    So did Graham get his tooth fixed/filled/removed (delete as appropriate), hope he’s feeling better?
    And the only comment I have about the hammock is that the block and tackle look strong enough to hold me!!! 😉


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