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

  • November 2016
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Continuing up the Loing

Posted by contentedsouls on 28/11/2016

We left Moret the next morning and stuck pins in after the first lock of the day where we had good access to fuel, Lidl (hooray – first in a long, long while), and Carrefour. My cup runneth over! Whilst I filled my boots doing a re-stock, G did two fuel runs and we had lunch before leaving – the day got wetter and wetter so 2 locks and 6 kms later we called it a day and banged in pins at Episy. Once again Muttley was on a lead and minding his own business when this cat attacked him – they seem to be making a habit of it; poor love is getting quite traumatised.


3 kms and 1 lock (such monumental cruises) saw us at la Genevraye below the little town of Montigny-sur-Loing. Leaving Baxter on the boat, the rest of us walked up to the town which had most things you need, but a long, footpathless walk up the road to reach it discouraged a return trip.


3 more locks and 8 kms saw us into the major conurbation of Nemours which nestles between the river and the canal. Not the most pretty of moorings, but ideal for Daisy and the dogs and in easy walking distance of the town, we’ve spent the last 6 nights there, only leaving this morning. Our book said the mooring, electricity and water were free – but the first morning there, two policemen came calling to say that they would come back in the afternoon to collect 26 euros off us for two nights – i have absolutely no idea why they didn’t take the money there and then; what a waste of their time.

It was at this point we twigged as to why most boats were moored the other side of the gate with rear ropes attached to the bank escape ladders and front ropes to bushes. We promptly moved Francoise up a few yards and joined them – perfectly willing to pay 13 euros for the one night we used their electric and water, but we never saw them again. Funny old world.


6 Responses to “Continuing up the Loing”

  1. andywindy said

    Poor Muttley, He doesn’t deserve to have cowardly French Felines attacking him when He can’t retaliate, I suggest leaving Him off the lead… at least He can run away then!
    Policemen to collect Mooring fees? That appears a little over the top! Especially when they don’t come back, or maybe they were trying to hint you into moving so they didn’t have to!


  2. Kevin TOO said

    That moggy looks decidedly EVIL, but don’t they all ? 😉

    Had to smile at your mooring ropes… can you imagine getting away with that in the UK ?? LOL

    Francois is looking exceptionally smart, have you been out with the white paint ?

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  3. Hilary and John Berridge said

    Hi. Have found you again. Read with interest your latest exploits. Wishing you seasons greetings from Hilary, John and Bert. ISKRA. Do you have an email address so we can keep in touch.


  4. vallypee said

    Nice to catch up with you again here, Jill! Poor Muttley! I hope he’s recovered from the assault. Wishing you both a lovely Christmas and New Year. I hope we manage to bump into each other sometime in the coming months. Would love to meet you 🙂


  5. a bit late to reply individually now !!! but i love to get your comments – sorry, again, i have been so tardy. do not read new blog unless you want to be depressed! the light at the end of my tunnel is definitely a large boat coming the other way!!!!!

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