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

  • September 2015
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Champagne et Bourgogne

Posted by contentedsouls on 06/09/2015

Once again I have been remiss and once again we have been socialising – a lot. Today we are Billy no mates, at last, and I have chance to catch up whilst G does the roast beef and Yorkshire puds. We (and I include Daisy in this) have been shameless boat tarts – barges (mostly) but with a good smattering of motor launches, sailboats, widebeams and pretty much any type of vessel you can imagine. 


Beryl and Ray on Vrowe Catherina; Astrid and Razmus on Agrid (Danes) Klaus on Shalima (German) another set of Germans another set of Danes and Bjorn and Lene on Athena (also Danes) who knocked on our boat as they had broken their throttle cable and needed to pick up a new one from Toul. So we stayed at Chevillon another day so G could drive Bjorn across to pick it up. I’m sorry I’ve lost some of the names now and some of the pictures – it doesn’t mean we enjoyed their company any the less – it’s just that we have met so many lovely people and I haven’t learnt to file pictures properly.


These are pictures from in and around Chevillon where I spotted my first ever French sunflowers, a ‘narrowhouse’ and 2 sources of residence which were a bit different from the norm.

We then arrived at the stunningly beautiful Joinville; stopping at the delightful quiet moorings before those at the town. Both moorings were good, but the private mooring more to our taste, also there is a good supermarket with fuel at good prices in walking distance – remember all our fuel has to ‘ferried’ to boats; only once has there been an opportunity to re-fuel direct to the boat. We were horrified by this thought before we came out here but it’s never been a problem (so far – touch wood).


Our visitors that night were heading (by air) to Gran Canaria for winter and needed to find away of making a ‘bag’ for their delightful (not sure Muttley agreed with me as he was completely bemused by something that small that wasn’t a cat on his boat) little Terrier. We started off with a Tesco ‘bag for life’ before moving on to a French, slightly longer, version!P1090283P1090293P1090294P1090296P1090299P1090300P1090303P1090308P1090309

The small town is everything a French town should be, but it was so hot that we had to cut short our exploration and have lunch so that Baxter could have a drink and a rest! The locals are topping up their woodpiles though, despite temperatures still up in the 30’s. Later we were joined by Jacqui and Chris on the lovely widebeam Joli Roger. We introduced ourselves and then both couples declared they were shattered and needed a ‘night off’.

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That, of course, lasted one night before we were at it again for the next two nights; during one of which Jacqui introduced the boys to fresh anchovies! My dogs are more partial to fish than Daisy.


I’m not sure if this was contentment or a spot of belly ache!

7 Responses to “Champagne et Bourgogne”

  1. andywindy said

    “OFF” There, you have been told off. Please don’t feel guilty for not sitting enslaved in front of the computer every day, You set out on this adventure to travel and experience the places, people and everything else you meet along the way.
    We are most grateful that you share this with us all and with no effort taken on our part apart from a finger click next to Sue NP in our Favourites lists, (Deb Wade is on the other side of you, you’re in good company) Once again an informative blog with excellent photos… Only you could find a Narrow house and a very suspect looking Shepherds hut so close to each other.
    Sorry for telling you off, I had better look out or I’ll have Kevin Too after me!


    • Thank you. There will be more now as the boaters are migrating – soon we’ll be on our own now. The idea of being ‘sandwiched between my two favourite people is rather nice!’


  2. Margaret Budd said

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Kevin TOO said

    Note to Andywindy… My bark is worse than my bite and where the boating ladies,
    both Gill and Sue, are concerned my bark is nothing more than a pathetic whimper. 😉

    Rest assured having had the pleasure of spending
    time in their company I most certainly know my place 🙂


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