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 October 4th, 2015

Cusey to Saint Seine sur Vingeanne Weds 30/9

Posted by contentedsouls on 04/10/2015

7 locks, 14 km

The pounds are longer on this stretch (which means Muttley and I can’t keep up with the boat), so we opted for method ‘C’. Method C involves G setting off on the boat and lifting the rods as he goes, whilst I drive the car down to the day’s destination and then walk back to meet him. In theory, he should only have to do the first 2 or 3 locks before I re-join him but theory and practice are rarely the same things.

We crossed into Burgundy after 5 km and the canal followed the route of the River Vingeanne which meanders alongside. It was another sunny day producing sparkles on the surface of the shallow river as I drove through the pretty villages built on either side. This is how I imagined France would be when we first started planning this adventure. I had to stop in most of the villages as photographs needed to be taken and people were very curious about the presence of a stranger. I was also trying to find a restaurant as Debbie and Kevin were visiting the following day. I found one in Montigny and stopped to chat to the proprietor about dinner for 4 the following evening – sadly he wasn’t going to be open Thursday night. That was the only ‘commercial’ place I saw; no boulangerie, hairdresser, bar/tabac – not even a chemist.


With all the distractions, Muttley and I only managed to walk for 1.40 mins and pass one lock before MR came around the corner and picked us up. In my absence, G had found a new bed on the boat for Muttley – very happy with it he was too! Even happier when I got back on board and provided him with a chin rest.


Once moored up it was time to drive to Fontaine-Francaise, the nearest town of any size. It did manage a boulangerie, chemist and one restaurant; but the latter only opened on Fridays and Saturdays. We did, however, find a tiny store which offered some fresh meat; namely one lump of pork, one of turkey and 2 pork chops. It also had a load of moules, prawns and salmon in a freezer but we weren’t aloud to touch those as they were all reserved and had peoples’ names on them.The town also sported a smart chateau on the lake.


The gang turned up Thursday afternoon with young Herbie being the first to land in the boat and we all quickly settled down for a late night/early morning. It’s a great mooring for all the animals with a grassy area, woodland and no through traffic.


We muddled through Thursday night with the lump of turkey and went out to lunch on Friday, but Debs and I ended up with a rather nasty condition.

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You know the one …… pudding belly!


All good things must come to an end though, and they had to head off at tea time as they had a 4 o’clock ferry to catch on Saturday and they wanted to split up the long drive overnight.

Great to see you guys, as always – see you in the spring.

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