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

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Archive for March 13th, 2017

I know, I know, nagging clearly works!

Posted by contentedsouls on 13/03/2017

So what’s been happening? Quite a lot actually. We have had a woefully short, but treasured, overnight visit from Sue and Richard with masses of goodies. Including a new trolley for the back of the electric bike to fetch fuel and stuff (stuff tending to be beer and wine with Sue and Vic’s twice postponed imminent arrival) and the obligatory loaf of Warburton’s Toasty. 


Muttley and I made a trip to the beach and the circus


G ripped out the incredibly uncomfortable fitted furniture and we installed an ‘Old Dutch’ stove up the corner which made a wondrous difference to keeping the fabric of the boat warm and stopping all the horrendous condensation we have been experiencing. Then it broke down, so we had to go back for replacement parts but, in a way, that was a blessing because it put us in a position to do another rat run with Sue and Vic through Paris. It is pretty amazing and way less scary second time around.


Our week together flew by way too quickly but we had a wonderful time (Sue told me to say that – she said just stick a few pics up and say what a wonderful time we had) although I am short of pictures due to continued technical difficulties.

We deposited them at the station at Meaux on the River Marne and G also jumped a train to recover the car from where we left it 6 months ago.

My apologies for the random photo order.

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