Europe!  Y’know – that big place that the UK are running away from…. When I tell people we are living on our boat in The NL, travelling to embrace the culture, meet the people, attempt to understand the language and shop in Jumbo, they might imagine us gently cruising along canals, down streets lined with gabled […]

As a complete contrast to our previous rural existence, we’ve spent some time in Amsterdam (OK, only one afternoon) and Utrecht (3 days). In Amsterdam,birds are very keen on their food. This Heron was hanging around outside an Italian restaurant, deciding whether or not to go in. And the pigeon was making a nuisance of […]

It’s often said, in reply to doom-laden( or sensible – depending on your life position) predictions about our future on Planet Earth, that we can and will decamp elsewhere anyway, so it doesn’t matter. Make hay while the sun shines or fiddle while Rome burns – or whatever. I reckon the Dutch are way ahead […]

We moored last night in Joure, which is fast becoming my favourite place.  Why? Well, the harbour is small, well equipped, the staff are friendly and mooring is inexpensive. But all this is outclassed by the neighbours. There’s a rookery in the park next door and the rooks are magnificent. When we were here in […]

Been a bit of an odd week or so. But then again, it wouldn’t be so much fun here if everything was predictable. Going past barges of this size is becoming fairly usual though. The NL has an excellent internal transport system: flowers, food, manufactured goods, sand and gravel, building materials and even machinery and […]

…could you think of to do a race? I expect the ever-inventive Dutch could beat you hands down. Yesterday was the start and finish of the Elfstedentch or ‘Eleven Cities Race’ in Bolsward, where we are moored. For once, we managed to arrive somewhere, where an event was in progress, rather than just having the […]

Paraphrasing L.P. Hartley at the start of his novel, ‘The Go-Between.’ There are many similarities between The NL and the UK and these make it easer to live here day to day, enjoy ourselves and integrate a little. But the differences are apparent. At home I like to drink coffee. Lots of it. On the […]