1st May- a retrospective It was my birthday and celebrating in a different country means that everything’s different. This, for instance, was my birthday card from Dave. Not just this picture, but the actuality! It’s customary in The NL to decorate your boat with bunting to celebrate a birthday – or anything worth celebrating. I’m […]

27th April is a public holiday in The NL, to honour the monarch’s birthday. It was the actual birthday of Queen Juliana and her grandson, King Willem has his official, special day on the same date. In the three years we’ve been here, the weather has never been less than appalling, but they haven’t altered […]

Every year, 27 April is a public holiday in The NL, in honour of the monarch’s birthday. on each of the three times we’ve been here for the celebration, the weather has been pretty appalling, if not wet, then cold, yesterday it was wet and cold with some hail and strong winds thrown in for […]

Our itinerant lifestyle means that we see a lot of different places – that’s part of the reason for being in The NL; it’s worth temporarily sacrificing our perfectly comfortable house back in the UK. Yesterday we stopped over night in Engwierum, somewhere between the Lauwersemeer and Dokkum .  Described somewhere by it’s location gives […]

What a change within a couple of days, from double socks, three sweaters, hat, gloves and coat to Tshirt and thin trousers and still being too hot. That’s Europe for you (although I believe the same conditions prevail in Blighty too!) We’re now in Groningen, an important university town in the north of The NL, […]

Tot Ziens, First Ship’s (stuffed) Dog, fell into the bilges yesterday and sustained a wet bottom. I’m happy to report that a spell on deck in the sunshine has restored him and his nether regions, to full, functioning capacity. For the uninitiated, the bilges are the space in between the floorboards and the bottom of […]

Continuing the ‘Eleven Fountains’ theme, we visited Bolsward, long one of our favourites.  Although it’s like having a massive box of delicious chocs and having to say which is the best. Impossible! Anyway, the fountain in Bolsward is a bat. It’s a bronze cast, so it has lovey, realistic ‘bat lines’, it was working and […]