Hi! Kia ora! Welcome. We’re Barry and Sandra, and we’ve been navigating the canals and rivers of the UK Inland Waterways since April 2009, sharing abundant information about the waterways via our writing and photography. Initially cruising in NBNorthernPride, we published prolifically via a ‘Blogspot’ blog. This inaugural six-month ‘sabbatical’ from New Zealand was spent exploring the northern waterways, the second the south.
We returned in March 2013 to gain Barry’s UK residency and bought NBAreandare. In May 2014, we moved blog providers to WordPress – which is where you’ve found us. We live in the UK as ‘Continuous Cruisers‘ on the canals and rivers in England and Wales. It’s been an interesting journey finding inventive ways to live, work, and spend time with family whilst moving frequently and living in a very small space.
Enjoying The Best Of Both Worlds
In February 2020, after almost seven years of red tape and expense, Barry successfully gained British Citizenship. We now aim to share our time between the UK and New Zealand, as we have family in each hemisphere. We’ve each tried differing ways to earn ‘enough’ to sustain our chosen lifestyle since then. Sandra finally found the perfect ‘job’ as a self-employed Digital Marketing Consultant with Ad-Extra, in early 2018, and enjoys weaving meaningful work around our life. Barry meanwhile, is happily retired and able to claim a full British pension (a reciprocal agreement with NZ).
In August 2020, we flew to NZ and bought a campervan to take advantage of travelling around New Zealand/Aotearoa for a year while there were no foreign tourists. Aptly christened NZAreandare, we blogged about these adventures – including Barry’s extraordinary images as a slide show at the end of each post. We returned to NZ at the end of November 2022 for six months, to meet our new grandson. During that time we also travelled a tiny part of Australia, catching up with Barry’s siblings. In May 2023, we were back on board Areandare enjoying cruising the northwest of England.
Follow our blog to keep up with the stories and photography of our colourful and often eventful lives.
North Island of New Zealand blogs, click this link
South Island of New Zealand blogs, click this link.
Australia blogs, click this link.
Below are a small selection of images from our narrowboat travels on the UK canals … (Click on the first image to see start the slideshow)
and from our New Zealand campervan adventures …
More About Us
If you’re interested, discover more about who we are here.
Get in touch via our contact page if you want further information or collaborations.
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