Two years ago I spent many hours writing and researching a page for this site called ‘The costs of living on a narrowboat‘. We’d frequently been asked if it’s ‘cheaper’ than living on land.

In reality there’s no simple answer.

Apart from “It depends …

I did say I’d keep the page updated, and have to admit to being a little tardy – I hadn’t! Until I was recently contacted by a Communications Officer, at TV Licensing about the information on said page, suggesting I’d missed out purchasing a TV licence as an outgoing.

It’s an interesting conundrum. Read More

It’s been a crazy year so far. Travelling to Nigeria, Northmoor and New Zealand in the space of three months has been incredible.

It does now mean we’re a quarter of the way through already – time flies when you’re having fun!

I recently spoke to a couple of people in their 70s, who are still gainfully employed. One of them full-time. They revealed to me that not working wasn’t really an option for them. They couldn’t comprehend what on earth they’d ‘do’ with their time in the space that would be open to them.

I’m thankful that’s not a problem I/we have.

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It won’t come as too much of a surprise to hear that blogging has taken a backwards step in our busy lives for the time being. We’re not boating until early April – instead we’re enjoying three months off, relishing the space-between-‘work’ to travel, and be with family and friends in the northern and southern hemispheres. I guess it’s a kind of self-imposed annualised hours contract!

A Nigerian adventure – and a surreal stool story

fullsizerenderI had a fascinating and fun trip to Nigeria for ten days in January (read all about it here), to stay with my youngest daughter who is teaching there at an International School. Unfortunately this culminated with me being hospitalised, and isolated, five days after returning to UK with a possible ‘infectious disease’. Thankfully all the test results came back negative; whatever had hitched a ride in my gut worked its way out successfully (though revoltingly and painfully …). Having been a midwife for the last 25 years of my career, the ‘stool chart’ I was presented with to fill in for every toilet visit was quite an education (apologies for those of a weak constitution!).

img_5791Type 6 and 7 are in the shaded area on the chart, which is where my ticks were consistently placed.

Until Wednesday. Read More

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