How to brew beer on a boat – the video

"We don't have any room to brew on the boat ..." is a common misconception that's often woefully relayed to us. Well maybe it WAS true for some, when you needed a large barrel and stacks of bottles. However, now there's NO MORE EXCUSES! Barry took such comments on board, and came up with his … Continue reading How to brew beer on a boat – the video

Increasing the range of Barry’s gorgeous Greeting Cards

Barry hasn't always been in the 'Home Brew' business. Most of you will be aware he spent the majority of his adult life as a professional photographer. After 35 years taking pictures for portraits, weddings, school children, and commercial contracts, he'd begun to lose his snapping 'spark'. Fortunately for us all he re-discovered his passion … Continue reading Increasing the range of Barry’s gorgeous Greeting Cards

Getting on the political bandwagon and revealing our tax commitments!

I've worked, almost consistently, from the age of 12. I may have had a year or so off after each of my daughters were born, but otherwise until April 2013, I've been in some form of paid employment. That's over 41 years - wow! One of the benefits of being an employee, is you receive … Continue reading Getting on the political bandwagon and revealing our tax commitments!

A blustery boggy Bugsworth Basin – but a brilliant first trading weekend

'The Wizard of Oz' turned out to be a very appropriate theme for the Buxworth Community Gala. There were times I wondered if Dorothy herself had returned, and the storm-like conditions were taking us to a magical '... there's no place like home' destination. Barry's newly constructed canopy (see above taken Friday evening) came a cropper … Continue reading A blustery boggy Bugsworth Basin – but a brilliant first trading weekend

Boat businesses – it’s all go on and off NB Areandare

Winter may be the time of hibernation for many animals. We may have come to a standstill in relation to continuous cruising, but definitely not in regards to 'working'. Making self-employment on/from a boat work I recently read entrepreneurs leave behind 40 hour working-weeks to find more freedom and flexibility in their life. This resonated … Continue reading Boat businesses – it’s all go on and off NB Areandare

Huddlesford Heritage Gathering and Barry’s 20 Questions in Canal Boat

Amongst the 2,000 miles of interconnected navigable canal and rivers in England and Wales, there remains sections in the process of restoration - some more actively than others. Lichfield, a cathedral city (famous for it's three spires), is a short distance north east of Sutton Coldfield, where I grew up and raised my two children. … Continue reading Huddlesford Heritage Gathering and Barry’s 20 Questions in Canal Boat

A bostin weekend at the Black Country Boating Festival 2015

Having had three very pleasant kiwi visitor episodes in August and early September, the most recent lasting eleven days and nights, we're understandably a touch out of synch on blog posting. I also managed to squeeze in a long weekend in Brighton with one NZ buddy ... Barry's handed over some stunning images of our trip down … Continue reading A bostin weekend at the Black Country Boating Festival 2015

Frivolity and fascinating history from Grafton Regis and Stoke Bruene

We gain immense pleasure from having friends and family on board NB Areandare, so when we heard that the son of NZ friends was spending most of 2015 in England, we were keen to get Josh on board. Fortunately he found a space in his summer schedule to come and stay – and we’re on … Continue reading Frivolity and fascinating history from Grafton Regis and Stoke Bruene

10 of our best bits from Blisworth Canal Festival 2015

We’d heard tales of the fabulousness of Blisworth Canal Festival via Helen and Andy, aka ‘Wild Side’, who’d regaled us with tales of their annual experiences over their past few trading years. Sadly we weren’t able to make it in 2014. The logistics of travelling from Hebden Bridge, where we were for the Tour De France … Continue reading 10 of our best bits from Blisworth Canal Festival 2015

The Delights of Droitwich and Exciting News about Crick 2015

Our return visit to trade at St Richard's Festival in Droitwich was a great success despite the unseasonal weather. I even got the bag of winter clothes back out from under the bed to put my long sleeved thermal top on or I'd have been an extremely cold face painter decorating 'Frozen' children! The dismal days … Continue reading The Delights of Droitwich and Exciting News about Crick 2015