Life in Brighton and the UK

There's something very special about being in a loving relationship that thrives on a (mostly!) strong partnership ethic. The intensity of running a Calendar Club store, seven days a week for around three months, really highlights this aspect of our marriage. This week's been a perfect example of sharing the responsibility, and I'm counting my blessings … Continue reading Life in Brighton and the UK

Continuing to discover ways to sustain our flexible floating lifestyle

It may seem to some readers we spend most of our time enjoying ourselves. Together, with family, and with friends. True, life in the Teutenberg/Walsh boathold (no household here!) it's vastly different to the majority of people in our peer group. However, we are NOT retired. Barry has another two and half years to go; … Continue reading Continuing to discover ways to sustain our flexible floating lifestyle

Lincoln Castle, Cathedral, and Concert – part one

Barry's been akin to a kid in a candy store recently. You know that Christmas Day feeling of wonderment, when you open the gift you've been longing for? As a professional photographer for over 35 years, he'd aim to be at the top of his game, purchasing the best equipment he could afford. Photography is … Continue reading Lincoln Castle, Cathedral, and Concert – part one

Reflecting on 2016’s highs and lows on and off NBAreandare

Is it just me, or is it normal to feel the older one gets, the faster time seems to fly? I suspect 2016 will be a year that goes down in history as one of immense and irreversible change, for a multitude of reasons. It also brought a few challenges to Barry and I in … Continue reading Reflecting on 2016’s highs and lows on and off NBAreandare

A Marvellous Merry Hill and Magnificent Eagerly Awaited News!

Last weekend Barry and many other traders settled into the embankment at Merry Hill for a Roving Canal Traders Association Floating Market. The event began on the Friday afternoon and evening, featuring an 'Illuminated Boats' spectacle. I was sad to miss the fun of the bustling days and frivolities of the evenings, though I too … Continue reading A Marvellous Merry Hill and Magnificent Eagerly Awaited News!

Will We Be Remaining in – Barry’s Visa update

"What the world needs now, is love, sweet love" The recent referendum has been, and looks like continuing to be, an interesting time here in UK. Barry and I are registered as voters, and as I was with mum last week, I was able to put my mark in the ballot box - admittedly with … Continue reading Will We Be Remaining in – Barry’s Visa update

Our week in Birmingham – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

It's no secret that we've grown rather fond of Birmingham. Increasingly more so since becoming accidentally enthralled by Peaky Blinders last year. We'd never heard of it prior to stumbling on some live filming at The Black Country Museum. Unaware why there were photographers and people bustling around the canal-side, and spotlights in the boatyard, Barry asked another … Continue reading Our week in Birmingham – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly