A succession of summer visitors part 4b trains, rock houses and a river

The main narrowboating portion of Ray’s experience with us, came between our time in London, and a week of travelling up and down the UK (quite literally! But that’s the next post …).

As always, Barry had planned a plethora of adventures to tittle Ray’s taste buds for England and all it offers. There were also a few impromptu experiences to share.

One of our challenges from welcoming so many visitors on board, is continuing to earn money while we travel and entertain. We’ve not been terribly successful at this venture in 2018 (unsurprisingly!), but we do have a number of options and opportunities we’re pulling together. Continue reading

A Succession of Summer Visitors Part 4a – London bound

Our summer kiwi visitors we’ve blogged about so far had booked their passage with us well in advance. Actually at least a year before their arrival. The next one wasn’t quite so planned. It also encompassed a great deal of places and people – leading to a number of blog posts to do the momentous occasion justice.

In March (I think!) this year, I spotted a Facebook post of Barry’s elder brother Ray, who lives in Barry’s hometown Gisborne in New Zealand. It announced his success in being pulled out of a draw for a place in ‘The Brompton World Championship‘. In all honesty I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about! As one does nowadays to acquire information, I Googled it. I discovered it was a race for owners of Brompton fold-up bikes, in London, in July. Continue reading

A Succession of Summer Visitors Part 3

After a long weekend in Ombersley sorting out some of mum’s, and our remaining ‘stuff’, we got back on board Areandare the evening of Monday 9th July. A mere two days later we were off again heading back to Lisa’s for the school run on Thursday 12th! Needless to say we extended the Enterprise car hire for the time we were both travelling down and up the country – it’s certainly not a cheap exercise.

By Friday 13th we were back on board, car returned, and ready to untie from Northwich to move leisurely along the River Weaver, and head back up the Anderton Boat Lift (Barry loves photographing this structure as you’ll see below), preparing to collect our next Kiwi guests the following day. Continue reading