Monthly Archives: April 2014

We ran aground!!

On Wednesday 23 April, when exiting Lock 4 at Creil, we ran aground. It happened suddenly. We went from doing 4 knots to a sudden stop. We have got stuck along the way a few times in mud, always when … Continue reading

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We have arrived in Paris!

After a journey of 1,343 km, starting at Tarmonbarry on the Shannon in Ireland which included transporting the boat from the Shannon to Dover in England by road and ferry, crossing the English Channel, travelling down the Canal de Calais, … Continue reading

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Our first real visitors to the boat.

We had our first visitors to stay with us on the boat. My daughter Louise, her husband Josselin, my granddaughter Eve (6 years) and grandson Eamon (5months) came to stay with us for five days. They joined us at Chauny … Continue reading

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I am starting to slow down too much

Boating is a slow speed affair. If you travel 40 kilometres in a day, you are doing well. So people who live on boats on canals tend to slow down, adopt the speed of the boat and everything can wait … Continue reading

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Tam and Di Murrell- Cambrai

When we arrived in Cambrai Port at 8 pm after our first long day’s journey from Douai we moored in the only space we could find in front of a boat called Friesland. I could not find electricity or water … Continue reading

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‘Le Cheval’ Stew – That’s horse meat stew to you and I

When the Dover delivery crew were with me, we ate very well. We had dinner out two evenings and Neil and/or Bill cooked dinner on all the other days. For the first meal on board, Neil cooked steak stew.

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La Grand Souterrain – Long Tunnel on St Quentin Canal – 5.5 hours to travel 5.5 km- I could have swam faster!

This is a 5.6 km tunnel through the mountains on the St Quentin Canal. All the boats have to turn off their engines to be roped to the boat in front, and pulled through the tunnel by special chain driven … Continue reading

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Cambrai Town on the Saint Quentin Canal – a great stopping place

We have stayed in Cambrai for the last two days. It has a picturesque little port which holds about 20 boats and is in the heart of the town. It was given a very good write up in the guide … Continue reading

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Remember the blog debate on Washing Machine or Microwave?

Do you remember we had a debate and decision as to whether to fit a microwave or washing machine to the boat and the microwave won?

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Faire des liens…

Ma fille Louise s’est mariée avec un Français qui s’appelle Jo Renard. Avant de commencer ce voyage, nous n’avions pas réalisé que ses grands parents vivent à Douai. Nous avons les rencontrés au mariage de Louise en France il ya … Continue reading

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