Allsorts

I love liquorice. Always have! And so do the Dutch;  so every supermarket or service station has shelves and shelves of the stuff, with fruit – or ‘zoet’ or ‘zout’ (sweet or salt). Last year we always had liquorice in…

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Alice in Wonderland

You know that bit where she drinks and eats and gets bigger or smaller? Changing from living on dry land to living in a boat is like that. When I was packing to come here, I kept thinking, ‘I need…

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There is a season…

…for boating and it’s just about ended. They couldn’t make it clearer if they put on their pyjamas and made me a cup of cocoa. Recently the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Today the wind was blowing…

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Animals on board

Write the word ‘HAZARD’ on the floor and I can and probably will fall over it! This is one of the reasons we don’t have any pets on board our 8 metre wooden sailing boat, Lady Christina. To be fair, our…

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Still carrying

Once upon a time, narrowboats plied the UK waterways, carrying freight. If you see a narrowboat nowadays, it’s more likely to carry holiday-makers than gravel , coal or grain. Instead of a large cargo space and a cramped living space…

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Round and round

Rather than a ‘straight through’ tour, we’re going round in circles. Not necessarily a bad thing. We more or less started this voyage in Leeuwarden in April, when it was VERY COLD. It was impossible to be out and about…

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Carpets

We left Fryslan for a 6 week tour of the northern and less well-known bits, partly to avoid the crowds and also to see more of this amazing place. We’ve found that places which are only mentioned in the guide…

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Lauwersmeer

In the northern NL now, after some trials and tribulations. Yesterday, we met with our friends, Peter and Inneke, who also have a Finesse. And they really did bring it here from the UK themselves. We sailed across the Lauwersmeer…

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Brief encounter

About a week ago, we were moored on a narrow, shallow and just about deserted stretch of canal – stuck because we’d got after the bridge operator had gone home for tea. We rather like being in quiet places. This…

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Things you wouldn’t see in the UK (probably)

Making unashamed use of free internet tonight. The difficulties in getting good internet access have  been one of the low points. Dave has written before about his battles with various ISPs…and if we want to do anything involving pictures, it…

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