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; Sandra just over eight.

We do not, and neither of us ever have, rely on any form of public funds (i.e. state benefits). We DO have a small savings buffer as we’ve both ‘worked’ in the usual way for over 35 years each in our chosen professions. We have our boat, NB Areandare. Continue reading

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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 more of an enjoyable ‘hobby’ nowadays (notwithstanding the fact that he’s also keen to and does sell some of his images as Greeting Cards and prints), and our budget for outlay on equipment is limited. He’s managed perfectly finely for nine years with a Lumix G1 (you can read a little about it by clicking here). Until the poor tired thing lost the will to work a week or so ago, after providing excellent service.

On Tuesday his new plaything arrived. He was overjoyed. This camera is also a Lumix – a Panasonic Lumix GX7 – which means nothing to me, I’m assured it’s a decent-enough step up. Continue reading

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 our lives less ordinary aboard Areandare, as well as many more magical memories. I’ll certainly be happy to welcome 2017 – I have high hopes for it to be amazing.

In January we left Mercia Marina earlier than expected. Having been invited to take up a trade mooring for the winter; the income we made there only just paid for the monthly morning charge. Consequently this winter we chose to remain ‘on the cut’  – and of course we’ve both been working in kinda ‘proper’ jobs too … Continue reading