In March we re-visited Christchurch to spend time with Barry's daughter Jamie. There was an amazing street art exhibition at the museum ...
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Our Failed Free Campervan Relocation Adventure
What a great find - a free camper van for ten days to adventure between Auckland and Christchurch. What could possibly go wrong? Well ...
Reflecting On Our Experience Of Cyclone Gabrielle’s Devastation
On 13th February, severe tropical cyclone Gabrielle arrived in Gisborne. The effects continue to be felt. Here we share our experiences ...
Rather Wet Yet Wonderful Times In Gisborne And Rarotonga
Although the weather has been, and continues to be, erratic and predominantly wet, we're adoring being back in Gisborne with family & friends.
Merry Christmas From New Zealand
New Zealand and the UK have opposite seasons. Many people prefer the cold at Christmas. I personally love the warmth and long light days!
An Extended Stay On The Lovely Llangollen Canal
We initially explored the Llangollen Canal shortly after purchasing our first narrowboat, Northern Pride, in April 2009. We loved it then, and our feelings have only since magnified. Admittedly it's not all plain sailing (pun intended!). Many areas lack good internet coverage, which is crucial for my online work. A fair proportion is relatively rural, … Continue reading An Extended Stay On The Lovely Llangollen Canal
Jumping The Final British Passport Hurdle
Nine years after his first successful UK visa application, Barry finally receives his British passport from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Our Top Ten Favourite South Island Destinations
Reflecting on the five months we spent tiki-touring NZ's South Island in a campervan, we share our top ten favourite places.
Barry & Sandra Celebrate Ten Years With CRT
Who would've guessed that agreeing to be on a Q & A panel at a Crick Boat Show in 2015, would lead to film star status for us? Read on ...
May 2021 – The End Of Our South Island Adventures
Although it's almost a year since our final days in the South Island, we're keen to finish sharing our memorable adventures in words & images.
Reluctantly Leaving Liverpool
During our second week moored in Liverpool, we went to a family wedding in Devon, then explored more of the city together and with a friend.
Relishing Our Passage To Liverpool
After a delay of almost two years, due to the pandemic, we cruised into Liverpool's Albert Docks on the afternoon of 11th April 2022.
Narrowboating Over Winter 2021 to 2022
Narrowboating over a British winter isn't for the fainthearted, but we're used to the ups and downs of it and enjoy the quietness on the cut.
Seven Months Later And We’re Back …
Goodness, we really have had a blogging break! We haven't posted for seven months, as we've had so many other things going on. Our intention has always been to get the remainder of our NZ trip posted, and then keep you up to date with our narrow boating travels. However ... We'd drafted the NZ … Continue reading Seven Months Later And We’re Back …
Having A Bit Of A Blogging Break
It's always tricky adjusting to life after being in another hemisphere. We're catching up with family & friends and not doing much blogging ...
What Is It Like Being Back On The Boat?
Having been back onboard our narrowboat now for almost two weeks, we're able to reflect on how it feels after a year living in New Zealand.
Joining The Dots In Arthurs Pass
Having travelled eastwards from the west coast to Arthur's Pass Village in February, we subsequently journeyed westwards with friends in May.
Settling Back In Blighty On Board NB Areandare
Leaving Gisborne on Sunday 1st August, we flew back to the UK on Thursday 5th August. It's an interesting time to be flying that's for sure!
Re-Visiting Christchurch and Banks Peninsula
From the 7th to 21st May, we hung around Christchurch with Jamie and visited a number of nearby attractions.
Sights And Delights From Lake Wakitipu to Christchurch
At the end of April we headed to Lake Tekapo, expecting to be blown away by its beauty. Did it live up to our expectations?