Southwards slowly

Having just repaired my 10th bike puncture, I got to counting stuff this weekend. Here's a brief inventory of what's happened since we left the marina 12 weeks ago. Stats: Our first 3 months of boat life 1 massive mechanical failure, fixed by 2 boat engineers and 2 electricians 1 dead car 1 visit to... Continue Reading →

Fenny Compton to Cropredy

We spent a pleasant few weeks in Fenny Compton, moored close to The Wharf pub. It was a very convenient spot, particularly as there was parking, WiFi and free coffee refills at the pub. Quite luxurious! The walking around Fenny Compton was amazing. There’s this stunning butterfly conservation area close by, and some beautiful reservoirs.... Continue Reading →

Napton to Fenny Compton

I’m guessing it’s about time we shared what we’ve been doing again. Mostly, we’ve been quite lazy; just pottering about and doing bits and pieces on the boat. The weather was terrible for a while, strong winds and pouring rain, so we’re happy it brightened up in time to move off from our last mooring... Continue Reading →

We’re finally wombling free

The work on the boat is finally done and we're back out wombling free on the waterways. The past week has been mercifully uneventful. When the boat was given a clean bill of health, we needed to vacate our mooring. The timing wasn't great, as a gale force wind had picked up during the night.... Continue Reading →

Sunshine, shocks and showers

Today I tasted the liquid coming out of our engine to identify whether it was pure water or had antifreeze in it. I did this like it was the most normal thing in the world. Thinking about it, quite a few things I’d never have done before seem to have become normal in the past... Continue Reading →

Emergency calls only

After moving on to the entrance of the Braunston tunnel last weekend, our domestic battery bank completely failed. We also had no mobile signal and it was the Easter bank holiday, so doubted at this point whether we'd be able to get any help even if we could make a call. It was a bit... Continue Reading →

Realising the dream

The marina we bought our boat from uses the tagline, 'realise your dream' in their marketing. In the past week, we've got in the habit of ironically using this phrase to make light of the various testing situations we've found ourselves in. Here are a few examples: Falling down the bank and pouring the contents... Continue Reading →

Our first solo voyage

At last, after two weeks of sorting out various engine issues (no hot water for two weeks and lots of learning about what not to do) we have finally left the marina. We didn't hate it there, but we were going stir crazy. We'd done all we could and more to get work done on... Continue Reading →

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