Author: Crew of Lady Christina

You can’t eat Melba Toast lying down

So this is about Food. With a Capital ‘F’. What’s it for? You are what you eat…does that mean I’m an olive, crossed with seeded bread and peaches? OK with me. The NL and cuisine aren’t sentiments which sit well…

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Lady Christina unwrapped

What makes a home? Somewhere to feel safe…to relax…to meet your basic needs for shelter, food, sleep…and somewhere to be yourself, grow and develop and include friends and family.  It’s more than having a roof over your head, although there are people…

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NLHS

We all create our own geographies. At home, my route to the shops ensures I go past whichever trees are at their flowering best, or in Autumn, past the ones with the most firey colours. In The NL, the streets…

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Elfstedentoch 2017

We’ve seen variations on this image all over the place. The Elfstedetocht is the ‘Eleven Cities Race’. It started as  an  organized event in 1909, but there are references to it from 1760. The route is  along the frozen canals, beginning in Leeuwarden and…

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Bookshop

I thought that not having easy access to a bookshop would be my greatest challenge. So I got a Kindle. While I love the portability of a Kindle  and how easy and quick it is to download books onto it…

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Turn left by the swans

I’ve had directions like this on dry land and the navigation ‘book’ for the tidal part of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire at one point instructs boaters to ‘take the side of the channel by the three willows.’ In a…

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Win a few…

Did the laundry today in Dokkum.  Much easier than the last time, when I walked about 3km round the outside of the town to (i) locate the launderette – this turned out to be a two washers and one dryer…

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The fleet went out

The first time we took the family to The NL, aboard a ferry from Harwich, I was so struck by the resemblance of Harwich to the descriptions in Ladybird’s ‘Man on the Sea’ that I said, ‘It’s a real working…

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Home comforts when abroad

What haven’t we got on board our Small Ship? No shower, dishwasher, washing machine, bath, tumble dryer, double bed, fridge, TV, Radio 4, microwave, blender, breadmaker…. But we do have: a chemical toilet, a gas cooker, improvised fridge under the…

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“Big storm coming”

Moored just shy of the road bridge in Garnwerd, ready for dash to Groningen tomorrow and feeling very pleased with ourselves.  Mooring wasn’t easy and then we had to move along and do it all over again to make room for…

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