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


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 had a brilliant time with my eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons celebrating her 40th birthday (incredible, she’s almost as old as I am!).

A fantastic photographer called Mark Cresswell took some amazing photos of the Floating Market, and he’s kindly given me permission to post them here. Do check out his Facebook page (CanalSide Art) for more incredible images. Continue reading

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 the limited information I had about the whys of my choice.

Being at mum’s meant I also unwittingly found myself getting sucked into the drama of the results. To avoid exposure to the media frenzy would have meant spending less time with mum. Her television is turned on a lot.  Like most elderly people it’s her main life-line.

Barry, on the other hand, remained on board. Continue reading