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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

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Archive for January 12th, 2017

The long and the short of it …. this is not a happy blog

Posted by contentedsouls on 12/01/2017

All is not as it should be on the good ship Francoise, but I am being gently nagged back into blogging and desperate to get back into some semblance of normal. we never did manage to complete that missing bit of the loop down to Montargis. Back on canals the weather forecast was showing lots of minuses and we were concerned we would get stuck in the ice and not be able to pick up Sue and Vic from Nemours on 15th December, so we chickened out and headed back to Nemours. The plan then was to cruise them into a marina just outside Paris for the 21st before joining Voirrey and Andy on Bella Fortuna for Christmas and New Year.

Then I got out of bed and my back went ….. quite spectacularly frozen at the end of the bed and couldn’t move in either direction. G my Superhero set off to the local friendly English speaking lady at the Boulangerie in the hope that we could get to her Doctor for anti-spasm stuff but had no joy – a lovely man in the queue recommended a new lady doctor who had just opened up a new practice. I had one last emergency anti-spasm pill that got me there. Sorted! Trouble is, the plethora of pills wipe me out and demolish my appetite.

We thought we’d lurk there until time to pick up Sue and Vic and, whilst there, had a phone call from Kevin and Debs who were in Paris for the weekend and came to join us for the day on Sunday (there is some good news) who we tried to feed with the most expensive inedible chicken you have ever met. Whilst they were with us we had a phone call from Sue saying they couldn’t come because her passport would expire before their return ….. ooops!

So we lurked for a few more days before heading to our marina just outside Paris and a dinner date on the 21st. Voirrey was there to help us tie up and we had a fabulous evening – Voirrey and Andy are both amazing cooks. Then my back went again and I ended up on the floor of their boat whilst G trotted back to get the anti-spasm pills. So bloody embarrassing when you’ve only met a few times. To be continued ……..



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