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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

  • May 2016
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Garnat to Gannay-sur-Loire (Mon 25/4 to Thurs 28/4)

Posted by contentedsouls on 01/05/2016

2 locks, 11 kms, 2.5 hrs

Not a lot happening in the sleepy village of Garnat


So Monday morning we headed off to Ganay. Daisy was convinced that G couldn’t steer without her assistance and she could be right – his performance at the helm of Francoise was definitely improving!


Having moored, walked Muttley and made dinner, I left the village exploration until the following morning – except the following morning we woke to rain which never let up all day. There is a small restaurant adjacent to the mooring where we had a perfectly acceptable menu du jour, 4 courses and wine, for 13 euros (no ‘funny stuff’ on the menu either). I spent the rest of the day trying (and failing miserably) to take pictures of the dipping, diving and, occasionally, landing swallows whilst Daisy stayed in to watch the snooker – remembering to nominate the pocket.


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Walking into the village on the Wednesday morning I was annoyed to discover that the epicerie had changed it’s closing time from Monday afternoon to all day Wednesday …. grr,  although the boulangerie and boucherie were open so all was not lost.


4 Responses to “Garnat to Gannay-sur-Loire (Mon 25/4 to Thurs 28/4)”

  1. vallypee said

    It looks like a lovely village, Jill. What a shame about the rain! It must be more comfortable steering from inside when the weather’s yuk. G looks happy 🙂 I suppose getting the hang of these opening times is always a challenge, isn’t it? France seems to be closed so much of the time…


    • These dilapidated village are very photogenic; but not, perhaps, fun to live in. We quickly learned NOT to ask where the nearest boulangerie/epicerie is, but where the nearest OPEN …..


  2. andywindy said

    Lovely pics again Jill, I see Daisy is taking control of your abode with aplomb, maybe it’ll be time soon to get Her a Cat sized Captains peaked hat?
    The Village looks very sleepy and like a fair bit of rural France gently decaying into a forgotten pile of rubble. I am torn whether that is a bad thing or not, It rankles to see places falling down albeit slowly but then again you don’t want some developer going in and ‘Modernising’ everywhere either! I don’t think there is the money available for sympathetic renovation of rural areas and it is such a shame.
    I liked the milk churn letterbox, never thought of nor seen that before!
    And as for Les Wombles…. Madame Cholet would have something to say about that!


    • As per my comment above, photogenic BUT …. We are told that Holland is just the opposite with every building scrubbed and standing to attention. There is no doubt that France, along with many other countries, is feeling the pinch although they seem to be a pretty contented lot as long as, paradoxically, they can throw in a few strike days!


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