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
Living aboard a narrowboat
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.
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.
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.
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!
Twenty 2020 Gratitudes
Twenty-twenty. It's been a traumatic, often terrifying, yet strangely transformative year few will forget in a hurry.
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.
Great Progress To Great Haywood
Finally we’re making progress on our journey to wherever we’re going to be when we head to NZ. It’s so much easier without worrying about car. Not so easy to see Lisa and the boys though. It’s a delicate balance of priorities. On Monday we moved from (?) to Penkridge. I did a few locks … Continue reading Great Progress To Great Haywood
Slow Progress From Norbury
One of the reasons so many people choose narrowboat living, is to slow down. When we made our New Zealand return plans, we booked Areandare into Debdale Wharf ...
Market Drayton To Norbury Car & Boat Hopping
After such a magnificent blue-sky day on Sunday, the British weather resumed it's grey and damp outlook. You have to grasp sunshine while you can here!
Rain Rain Gone Away!
So much for thinking summer had come back a week ago! The past few days we’ve had a drenching and almost persistent rain since Wednesday evening.
Day 79 – All Weathers On Our Last Lockdown Day
The change in the weather over the past few days has been extraordinary. Especially today. This morning dark clouds loomed on the horizon to the west ...
Day 76 – Third and Final Nantwich Trip
Due to the non-delivery of our planned Sainsbury’s grocery order on Saturday, we’ve ended up cruising to and from Nantwich three times in a week.
Day 74 – An Unexpected Return to Nantwich
Following yesterday’s Sainsbury’s failure, we had little choice but to return to Nantwich today. I'm appalled at their shocking customer service.
Day 71 – Lots Of Sitting
It’s been a very different day from yesterday. Not weather-wise. That continues to be amazingly hot and sunny. I just wish I could enjoy it!
Day 70 – A Busy Doing Day
Today marks ten weeks since I began blogging daily in lockdown. Not that the country locked down ten weeks ago. But we did ...
Day 69 – News From Air New Zealand
Not the news we'd like to have received, but unsurprising. It's also a relief to know one way or the other to be honest. Long-term it may be good news ...