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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

  • February 2016
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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.


9 Responses to “A week in Roanne”

  1. andywindy said

    Moving abode is always a chaotic time, I suppose you’re lucky in that you don’t have to pack it all in a van then get it all out again this time, but even so I bet you lose track of something!
    What ever did Muttley do wrong to be put in a straight jacket I wonder? If we ever meet I shall have to try and behave! (Well, a little bit!)
    I would think that with all the sorting decisions and actions, and the social aspects of the near future the last thing you should be worrying about is us hangers on! Just don’t lose the laptop in the meantime.
    I’m back on the mainland now, well treated by the rock though will be returning soon (serves them right).

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    • I’m sure Mrs AW is delighted to have you home. You are sooo spot on about losing stuff – so far, stepping across from one boat to the other we have lost wire strippers, computer mouse, spaghetti, inumerable pairs of glasses ….. crazy!

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      • suenp said

        Oh thank goodness for that Jill!! I started with 5 pairs of glasses, I am now down to 1 pair!! It isn’t just me then… Phew!

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      • andywindy said

        Now come on Jill, you didn’t really lose that spaghetti, now did you? we all know you planted it in the floor! The biggest thing we ever lost was a box of All Butter Readibrek back when we moved in 1978, they stopped making it very soon after so we couldn’t replace it!
        Tools are made to be lost, as a field service engineer I do that all the time.
        Glasses, now there’s a potentially expensive loss, done that more than once too.


  2. Kevin TOO said

    I don’t mind you ignoring us loyal followers for a few days,
    but ignoring Muttley for a few minutes is unforgivable, shame on you 🙂

    Note to Muttley, let me know if it happens again and I’ll call the Société Protectrice des Animaux 😉

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  3. suenp said

    Oh we are both doing the same sort of things right now… Do we want that? Don’t we need that?… Choices, choices! We need to meet up to discuss what we need to keep!

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    • Kevin TOO said

      Sue & Jill an absolute must is for each of you to keep your dogs and husband 😉
      and after that if you haven’t used it for 12 months it’s surely fair game for the tip 🙂

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      • Definitely need to keep our dogs, cat and …… other stuff?!?!
        Now the old if you haven’t used it for 12 months story … not so cut and dried. Sometimes it’s not accessible enough; doesn’t mean you don’t want it – just can’t get to it. Then there are changes in circumstances; never used the slow cooker as we put the cast iron pot on the fire. Don’t have a fire now so might want to plug in the slow cooker when we’re travelling, etc.

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