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Category Archives: Getting Ready for Gap Year
What a difference a year and eight days make!
Saint Jean de Losne, a small town on the Saone River, won’t mean a lot to you, but it is significant for Nuala and I. We moored in St Jean on Monday night, a year and eight days since we … Continue reading
Presentation to my Rotary Club – Tomorrow is the Departure Day
Today, the day before the Gap Year begins, I gave a presentation on our plans to my Rotary Club, Dublin Fingal. This is rather like explaining to your family what you have decided to go and do… I have been a member … Continue reading
Derek Mooney Show
Yesterday, Nuala and I were on the Derek Mooney Show to talk about our Gap Year. It was an interesting experience as neither of us had ever been interviewed on live National Radio before. So our Gap Year has brought … Continue reading
The Bicycle Comes full Circle
You may remember a blog I wrote on 24th February about a train journey to Sligo. I recalled the story of meeting a man from Carrick on Shannon and his strange folding bike. He had bought it on the Internet … Continue reading
Registering the Boat as a Ship of the Irish Nation– We Got It with 11 days to Go!
The Boat is now named C’est la Vie. As I mentioned in an earlier blogs, it is much better if the boat is officially registered before we take it to France and Germany. European waterways police apparently love official paperwork … Continue reading
The Dover – Calais Delivery Team have a Practice Day – 13 days to go.
The boat has been dewinterised. The Topaz Truck came last Friday and filled up the fuel tank. So the boat can again do what it’s designed to do, cruise on the water. I have asked Bill Kee, Michael Eustace and Neil … Continue reading
Thursday & Friday – Not Good Days
In case you all think I am currently having a great life with nothing to do, let me tell you about last Thursday & Friday. As you know the inverter (the brain on the boat that manages the electricity) failed on the … Continue reading
A Safe on the Boat?
I did not realise that there was a safe fitted to the boat. Checking through the bilges, I came across it and I thought that it would be good security to use it when abroad. The next question, how could … Continue reading
The Car is Sold! – 20 days before departure.
I sold my car. I put it up for sale in January and after about 30 phone enquirers and 3 road tests I gave up and finally sold it last week for less than I expected to get. Now suddenly … Continue reading
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Final Boat Preparations – 23 days to go
Apologies that there was no blog on Friday. We were on the boat all day Friday and Saturday. The past couple of days were very busy with final preparations. A friend of mine, Noel and Nuala’s sister, Kate helped us. We … Continue reading