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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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Rolampont (Sat 19th)

Posted by contentedsouls on 23/09/2015

It had rained nearly all night and Saturday didn’t really manage to ‘dawn’ it stayed dark and dismal and very, very wet. As we settled down for the day with a second cup of coffee we spared a commiseratory (if that’s a word) thought for poor Peter and Glen moving in those weather conditions. A knock on the boat revealed a well waterproofed VNF man wanting to know if we were moving, we explained that we had booked for Monday so he toddled off again.

Shortly afterwards we learnt from Peter that a different VNF man had been round to see him and, basically, told him not to move as it would be raining all day (VNF man clearly didn’t fancy getting wet) and Peter mustn’t change ‘his’ mind later as said VNF man was busy elsewhere in the afternoon. Peter really did want to go and, when we compared notes, we realised that he could have gone with ‘our’ man who was chirpy an up for it! Oh well, hindsight is ……..

So, resigned to his fate, Peter accepted a lift with us up to the small supermarket in the village which also housed an excellent butchers where we found an actual joint of lamb – G just managed to stop the butcher slicing it up. They think we are most odd for wanting our meat in a lump. Back at the boat the rain stopped and, as has happened so often recently, the sun came out so I prized poor G off of the Rugby and we took the dogs off in search of La Tufiere.

The British equivalent would be a geological SSSI I guess. I’m still not absolutely sure but I think the Tufa is a kind of rock which causes the formation of pools and is also mined; the translation boards don’t make a great deal of sense, I can’t get on the internet and it’s way beyond my Collins French Dictionary. It was very pretty though.

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The boys also had a lovely time and there were some great circular walks of varying lengths marked out. Sadly I couldn’t pursue them there and then as I had G and Baxter with me – it did give me a chance to make plans plans for a good walk on Sunday though.

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