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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 June 2nd, 2015

Wind and rain stops play

Posted by contentedsouls on 02/06/2015

Mike and G set off, yet again, for Seneffe from Iwuy (pronounced ee wee as in wee wee) and we now have a date for blacking a week Friday. It has actually turned out better for us as we’ll be able to manage getting the dogs on and off better and Christian will do the pressure wash for us. That means we only have to do the painting.

We were moving on to Valenciennes this morning but heavy rain and strong winds have continued on from overnight and we can’t be bothered. Iwuy (next to a silo) has suited us fine but we have had some moments; particularly at the weekend. This Madonna with the big boobies decided to carve up the canal, us and the local wildlife until we explained the error of his ways – whereby he promptly apologised and moved further up.


More worryingly, we were disturbed at 12.30am by nutters on motor bikes who chucked a liquid over the side of the boat – but they scuttled off when G went out and no damage was done although we could hear them in the distance round the village for awhile after. Mysteriously this lorry load of chickens turned up at the silo at 6.0 am one morning – don’t know what that was about and, I suspect, I won’t want to.


Never having been a coffee drinker in the past, I have grown rather a taste for it since being over here – so much so that we couldn’t resist this when we saw it at only 30 euros. It’s a bit heavy on the batteries but only for about a minute and my galley is now overwhelmed by capsules of macchiato, cappuccino, lungo, ristretto ……… you get the picture; you know G with a new toy. It really is gorgeous – I’m getting quite growed up; heavens, I’ll be eating olives next.


A nice small footprint so it sits happily next to the basil.

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