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

  • October 2016
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We haven’t sunk!

Posted by contentedsouls on 24/10/2016

So … where were we? G drove to Roanne and dumped the car in the garage and Pete and Janet were kind enough to feed and entertain him before he set off with Matilda Rose on Monday morning. We had a somewhat convoluted plan to get the two boats back together but, in the end, G cracked on and covered the 270 kms and 122 locks in 6 days – well, all but the last 4 locks and 7 kms anyway. Due to a (dare I say it) very slow hire boat and a lockie that couldn’t be bothered to turn a lock and made him wait for oncoming traffic for an hour, he ended up cycling home to Francoise on Saturday night – cycling back to get MR Sunday morning to finish the job. An heroic journey which, he readily admits, he thoroughly enjoyed with only himself and the boat to worry about. So MR is now on sale at V C Marine Ltd in the UK

Friends re-united


Life continues in my Jill bubble with fewer people around now and the bigger waters of the Yonne and Seine beneath our hull. Still a few people left to play with though and we’re going next door to dinner tonight; plus we’ve had Malcolm to stay this weekend and friends coming next weekend.Some of the moorings at the major towns are still uninhabitable due to the floods earlier this year but, as yet, this has not inconvenienced us.

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I have now hit technical problems with photos and my IT Dept is out buying patisserie, so i’m just going to hit the ‘publish’ button because i’m in danger of giving up

11 Responses to “We haven’t sunk!”

  1. andywindy said

    Oh I am so glad to hear you havn’t sunk! don’t know if we should be hearing that Graham thoroughly enjoyed himself alone with that skinny Girl, though even if he does see her again I don’t think he’ll be re-kindling the old relationship? Best he stays with you and the Fat bottomed one!
    From the look of the Tent photos it appears that the gaggle got piled into one end of the Pavillion and then everyone else scarpered quick! It gives a new twist to Brexit! (Not one anyone of us really wants?)


    • Glad to have got her back to the UK to be honest – now we have done all we can we can stop worrying about her; should have done it before really, but we were too busy playing with the fat lady.

      Loving the tent comment – it does look that way. In reality, that was the only position under the tent in the sun and it was too chilly tosit in the shade. Everyone else had to eat inside.

      The whole Brexit thing is having a rotten effect on our beer money (she said selfishly).

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  2. vallypee said

    Great oics of your travels, Jill. I suppose the waterways must be getting much more peaceful now….well until the rains make it fun in quite a different way. Will be keeping up with you on WOBs anyway! Xx

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  3. vallypee said

    Sorry…pics, not oics…although I like the sound of oics…haha.

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  4. Bargemast said

    Glad you finally found the time to update your blog, it was nice to see you at Sens and Pont sur Yonne.



  5. Kevin TOO said

    It’s PITA time again, sorry 😦

    Your ‘Matilda Rose For Sale’ tab under your masthead is pointing in the wrong direction…

    Hope you are all keeping warm and dry 🙂


    • I’ve just about stopped giggling/crying Kevin – you have no idea how much chaos you’ve caused here this afternoon. Now, as you should know by now, I am not computer literate; I am a practical gal that lives on a boat and takes things literally. My brain went through the following loops

      (Me to G). What’s Kevin on about, I don’t have a picture of our masthead up?
      How can it be pointing the wrong way, there aren’t any arrows?
      Etc., etc.

      With a little help from my IT department I’ve, hopefully sorted it out – check it out for me please. I’ve only done the basics and will try to make it prettier later. I don’t know where all my time is going at the moment!!!!!!!!! Thank you for letting me know

      We stayed an extra day today, specifically so that I could sort the blog out. I wanted to update the layout, put nice pictures up and get the blogs up to date, now I only have 10 minutes left before dogs need feeding/emptying and starting to prep dinner – aaaagh, I haven’t even started a blog yet. Oh well, that really needed doing, so a good job done ….if it works!


      • Kevin TOO said

        You found it, you fixed it, all looks good to me 🙂

        If this helps at all your link to the Sales Web Page should be coded something like the following…

        Click HERE For Details

        Sorry If I’ve made you cry, I’ll go and sit on the naughty step now for the rest of the night ;(

        BTW, I’ve sent this by email too…


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