Meandering On The Montgomery and Llangollen Canals

We spent most of October on the lovely Llangollen Canal, our third cruise there, with a meander on the Montgomery for the first time ...

A Succession of Summer Visitors Part 2

Our next round of planned kiwi guests arrived on Saturday 30th June for a three-night canal adventure. Deb and Graeme had spent the previous few weeks travelling around Europe, their main destination being a UK friend's daughter's wedding in Santorni. Fortunately when they arrived with us the weather in Manchester wasn't too shabby after the … Continue reading A Succession of Summer Visitors Part 2

Tackling the Tidal Trent with a fresh First Mate

The vagaries of the British weather continue to cause complications for many. Minor ones only for us. Easily overcome and worked around. A few weeks ago I'd hired a car from Enterprise Sheffield in advance. One of the not-insurmountable challenges of living on a narrowboat and continuously cruising, is taking a car with you is … Continue reading Tackling the Tidal Trent with a fresh First Mate

A VIF on board Areandare from Newark to Saxilby

Managing the more than 2,000 miles of Inland waterways of the United Kingdom must be a mammoth task. In 2009 and 2010, when we first ventured to live aboard a narrowboat and enjoy all these treasures, they were maintained by British Waterways (BW). In July 2012, the year before we returned, British Waterways was transformed … Continue reading A VIF on board Areandare from Newark to Saxilby

Arguably one of the best views from a side hatch

It's said if February is wet, there's an increased chance of a fine summer. That's reassuring as dampness pervades the air most days recently! Yesterday's journey from Gunthorpe to Newark was, according to our Nicholsons' Guide (it's an ancient edition mind you!), along one of the 'prettiest' stretches of the river. You could've fooled us! Of … Continue reading Arguably one of the best views from a side hatch

Returning to the River Trent after nine years

In July 2009 we were naive, novice, live-aboard Narrowboaters, on a long-anticipated six-month sabbatical from New Zealand. Reflecting incredulously  (mostly me!), one of our first journeys was down (up country but down river, I have no concept of how that works) the River Trent. I strongly suspect if I'd known then what I do now, … Continue reading Returning to the River Trent after nine years