A Bostin time in Boston despite Stump and Windmill disappointments

We suspect few narrowboats venture as far east as Boston - especially during the harshness of the British winter. Since leaving Nottingham two weeks ago, we've only seen two other moving boats, each in quick succession, not far from Saxilby. As we're ticking off the few Inland Waterway routes we've NOT yet navigated (there's not … Continue reading A Bostin time in Boston despite Stump and Windmill disappointments

Feeling the benefits of inserting a pause

I (mostly) love our life. The infinite variety, frequent uncertainty, and adventurousness we experience. Occasionally it becomes overwhelming. Especially the recent 14 weeks non-stop working portion! I'm confident 2018 promises to bring many gifts our way; I'm also anticipating a few challenges. Mum will be a cause for concern as her Alzheimer's continues to take … Continue reading Feeling the benefits of inserting a pause

A short and slightly scary stay in Handsacre …

Since early October we've been successful in our choice of fourteen day moorings. Until this week ... Actually that's not strictly accurate. The moorings, as always, are Barry's choice. Not mine. So the 'we' is stretching the truth a little. Geography, especially of the UK Inland Waterways, is not one of my strengths. Handsacre appeared … Continue reading A short and slightly scary stay in Handsacre …

Busyness on land and water – heading to Blisworth for the weekend

What a fun experience facepainting (mostly) adults at an evening wedding reception in Leamington Spa on 30th July. I'm so thankful I took the plunge to build 'Funtastic Facepainting by Sandra', an artistic talent I hadn't realised I was capable of. Barry came along as my line-manager and supporter, and of course helper to carry … Continue reading Busyness on land and water – heading to Blisworth for the weekend

Timely extra special evidence from C&RT and ‘YOURS’ for Barry’s visa application

It doesn't take a genius to recognise our living and working circumstances are a little outside the 'norm'. As 'Continuous Cruisers', living aboard a 60 foot long, six-foot ten inches wide narrowboat, we're not terribly conducive to ticking boxes exercises. Both being self-employed, running three quite different businesses, only adds to the complexity for those in authority comparing … Continue reading Timely extra special evidence from C&RT and ‘YOURS’ for Barry’s visa application

Haere Ra Areandare for 5 weeks …

In twelve hours time I'll be sitting on a rather large plane with mum, soaring high above England as we commence our New Zealand adventure together. Checking in on-line last night I discovered we'd been upgraded to Premium Economy from Singapore to Auckland which sounds amazing - not sure how that happened! We've got a … Continue reading Haere Ra Areandare for 5 weeks …

Complexities and confusion in Barry’s UK visa process

When we mention to people that Barry's engaged in a five-year process to gain 'permission' to stay with his wife in the country of her birth, the response frequently includes some reference to how 'everyone else gets in without any problem'. Whilst there may be an element of truth in this, we suspect it's not … Continue reading Complexities and confusion in Barry’s UK visa process