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
Life on the water
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.
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 ...
Barry’s Images UK August 2021 Onwards (Part 3)
Part 3 of Barry's images since August 2021, covers our journey from Chester to Parbold, en route to Liverpool. There are some super shots ...
Barry’s Images UK August 2021 Onwards (Part 2)
Enjoy the 2nd of Barry's slideshows. Our journey from Harecastle Tunnel to Ellesmere Port during winter 2021/22. With a few added extras ...
Barry’s UK Images August 2021 Onwards (Part 1)
Better late than never. Barry has finally edited & chosen a selection of stunning images from our travels since August 2021. Here's part 1.
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.
Greymouth to Lake Brunner Via Blackball
Following a dreary outlook at Greymouth, we enjoyed a brief stay at Blackball before arriving at the astoundingly beatific Lake Brunner.
Twenty 2020 Gratitudes
Twenty-twenty. It's been a traumatic, often terrifying, yet strangely transformative year few will forget in a hurry.
NBAreandare’s Blasted And Coated Underside
Our beloved floating home was taken out of the water last month, to have her hull cleaned and coated. Debdale Wharf generously sent us photos.
Apologies For The Broken Link
Yesterday's post isn't working for many of you. Try going to this one https://barryandsandra.com/2020/11/08/magical-morere-and-mahia/
A Taste Of Things To Come
Today we began the long journey 'home' to Aotearoa. Of course, we have two home countries now. The UK and New Zealand. Only one 'home' though, and that's NB Areandare.
The Transition Stage
Any midwives reading will be familiar with the transformative and often terrifying transition stage. The period in labour between the 1st & 2nd stage.
A Steamy Few Days Rescuing A Dad Boy
We had a magnificent weekend in Mountsorrel. What a splendid place it is. Well kept, and the locals appeared to relish living near the river.
Soaring Along And A Slight Flight Snag
I’d forgotten what a contrast cruising on rivers are to canals. Leaving the delights of Trent Lock on Thursday morning, we turned right ...