The Seven Trials of LadyChristina (and her crew)

On Monday 14 August, the morning had a real tinge of Autumn in the air. I can’t explain exactly what that is, except to say it was cooler, but still sunny, with the sun at that angle which makes everything…

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Here and there

Two things in particular, strike me as being very different between the UK and The NL. They are cycling and wildlife. I didn’t really know what to expect from the wildlife here, although I’d read that the Dutch use a…

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General musings

I wish I’d been born in The NL – I would like to truly belong here. I often try to design my ‘Utopia’ and the moreĀ I see of this place, the more I think it fulfills my deepest wishes. I…

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The bridges of Groningen

Maandag 7 August: our mission: to get to Groningen to avert a chemical toilet-related disaster. Such is the everyday glamour of journeying in a foreign country in an 8 metre wooden sailing boat. For several days, we moored in ‘civilised’…

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Overissjel

We’re on the Turf Route. Such a contrast to where we were before. No open stretches of water, instead a narrow and shallow waterway, passing through small villages, with a surprising number of mildewed, abandoned boats along the way. It’s…

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Man’s work lasts ’til set of sun

It’s not all gravy living on a boat. In fact, there isn’t any gravy at all- as although I could cook a roast, I choose not to, especially when it’s hot. There are still daily chores and some of these…

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Scene change

We’ve swapped this- -for this. Why? We’ve noticed the meers getting busier and mooring becoming harder to find. Sailing isn’t as much fun if you have to keep trying to miss other boats! And the school holidays have started –…

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Green?

You’d think that being in The NL, on a sailing boat, we’d be green – at least lime, even if not pea. We’ve got bikes as well. We always thought that The NL was a very green place – deepest…

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“We have lost an ally.”

We’re making the most of our present ability to move freely around Europe in our 8 metre wooden sailing boat, Lady Christina. We are NOT on holiday! Our aim is to get under the skin of this country, be fascinated…

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Eye candy

What I absolutely love about this place is the way that even ‘ordinary’ housesĀ  and buildings are of such high quality and are usually embellished with something either beautiful or amusing. I wonder how much this helps the Netherlanders to…

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