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 February 18th, 2016

A week in Roanne

Posted by contentedsouls on 18/02/2016

0 locks, 0 kms, 0 hours.

It’s been a very busy week starting to get MR ready for sale. I thought we’d need a fair bit of time to tidy her up but, so far, the time has been consumed by Francoise – trying to find new homes on Francoise for all the stuff we’d left on MR; art stuff, fishing tackle, kayak (and kayak stuff). We’ve sorted out beds and bedding, saucepans, china and cutlery; both boats had top quality stuff on board and it has been surprisingly difficult making decisions as to ‘which’ to keep – no, I’m not complaining; just saying that I have had some fun decisions to make. G has been having a go at ‘de-fogging’ Francoise’ double glazing window units; one or two have blown.

Spring is definitely in the air; new flags around the port, gardeners landscaping and planting up the grounds and boaters returning to their boats after winter sojourns, so new people to meet at boaters’ happy hour tonight and a dog walk planned for tomorrow. Also an expedition into the hills planned for lunch next week; about 20 of us I think. We had a lovely meal and evening with Andy and Sally on board NB Puzzler last night too.

Both boats are now in chaos with stuff being shunted back and forth but the sooner MR is emptied and cleaned up, the sooner we can be off on our travels again. With thanks to Mick for his help with some heavy lifting.

Unless anything in particular happens or takes my fancy, it is likely to be a little while before you hear from me again – we just need to get everything sorted and MR up for sale so that we can get going again.


Chaos reigns


We couldn’t understand why Muttley was whingeing and told him to, ‘be quiet’. 15 minutes later we realised that he was caught up by his coat on the bike in the wheel house – bless him! Poor, long suffering dog.


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