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 2017
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Onwards to find Pirammima

Posted by contentedsouls on 10/11/2017

On the Saturday morning we set off to catch up with Veronica and Richard for our long planned cruise together.


After a bit of remote mooring we headed into the city of Leeuwarden where we also managed to catch up with Petra but failed to catch up with Jill and Gary. A great city, with the most amazing hardware shop (where, incidentally, I bought the most amazing pair of working gloves – strong, but with huge sensitivity). The weather was ridiculously foul and it chucked it down with rain a lot of the time which, somewhat, curtailed our adventures. We (that would be me) thought that we would have, at least, ten days to play together; but I hadn’t reckoned on the Dutch efficiency. When Nieko booked us into the yard for the beginning of September he meant just that – the 1st of September so our trip together was somewhat curtailed. Hey ho, next year.

Here’s some pics


What this extraordinary cavalcade was about I have no idea; but nobody doused us in water!


The artwork is on the undersides of the bridges – sadly we had to leave to get to the yard


G reversed MR up a side cutting and we banged pins in to get just one extra night of peace and quiet before cruising in the last Kilometre for our lift out the next day.


You all know how we spent the next few weeks! One pic for those that missed it or have just joined us.


9 Responses to “Onwards to find Pirammima”

  1. vallypee said

    You’ve really had some fun in NL haven’t you, Jill? They’ve put on some great shows for you up there! Lovely to cruise with V&R xxx


    • We are having a good time here – ashamed to say that it is very nice to ‘talk’ to people rather than just make polite, stilted conversation.

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      • vallypee said

        Oh yes! I wish I had time to really talk to people, but I seem to do more of that in Belgium and France because that’s where I spend my free time. Here, I’m always on the run…sigh. Roll on retirement! Eventually 🙂


  2. Eric Davis said

    What is the name of the amazing hardware store in Leeuwarden?


  3. Kevin TOO said

    WOW, excellent photos yet again Jill 🙂
    Holland may be a bit on the flat side but it certainly isn’t boring LOL


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