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Bats in Bolsward

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 […]

Valedictory voyage

You saw it first here: the launch of the Sailing Elfstedentocht. You will remember that the Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Race) has previously been done on ice skates, scooters, bikes and also by swimming and walking. I can now reveal that there is a Sailing Elfstedentocht too. And what’s more, Lady Christina is going to win […]

It’s not all gravy

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 […]

A tour of Two Cities

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 […]

Mars, anyone?

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 […]

Castaways getting cosy with Nature

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 […]

Strange things

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 […]