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Barry and Sandra NB Areandare

We’ve been navigating the canals and rivers of the Inland waterways of UK since April 2009 and began sharing our using a ‘Blogspot’ blog on 17th April that year. Our inaugural six-months was spent exploring the northern waterways.

Since then we’ve shared stories, countless adventures, and met more fascinating folks than we could possibly keep count of.

In the UK spring of 2010, we returned for a further six-months to ‘do’ the south.  By late 2010, we were so ‘hooked’ on the waterways (admittedly Barry more so than Sandra!), we drafted a long-term plan to return and apply for Barry’s UK Spousal Sponsored Visa, so we could both stay longer than the maximum six-months on Barry’s ‘visitor’ visa. At the time the ‘rules’ for this were spectacularly different to our return.

Consequently in 2018, we’re STILL navigating the complex, costly and convoluted process of gaining Barry’s Indefinite Leave to Remain. This incredibly is despite having been married for over nine years, and a committed (not mentally I might add!) couple for almost thirteen.

We’re confident we can provide all the necessary documentation and evidence, to tick the prescribed boxes, meaning 2019 WILL be the year that Barry gains not only his ILTR, but also his British Citizenship.

We’d love you to follow us on our journeys as we progress towards the fulfilment of our dream lives (click on the ‘follow us’ button to the right) …

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8 thoughts on “

  1. Great to meet you last year on Sandra’s 50th cruise. Thought I’d just stop by and say hello, it would be lovely to keep up to date with your adventures on the UK’s waterways!

    • Hi Jane! It was indeed a pleasure to meet you and Dom last year – and the Scotland blog with photos is yet to be published so you may even feature … You’re very welcome here, lots of adventures to be had, though nowhere near as intrepid as the one you’re both about to embark on 🙂

  2. Hi
    We are looking to spend more time relaxing and love the river boat concept.
    We are going to France in July to start looking
    Should we start in France or start in England?
    We won’t get to England this trip
    All I ask is a direction as to the best place to start looking, the best yard? in france.
    I am nor sure if you have spent time there b it assume with the experience you have generally you will have some ideas.

    • Hi Rod and Megan. Wow! That sounds exciting for you both.
      Unfortunately we have no idea about Boat Yards in France, or the European Canals in general really. It’s the British waterways that have appealed to Barry. There’s big differences between boating in UK and Europe. Your best bet is probably to start researching using the waterways magazines.
      We’re back in Gisborne in March, so maybe get in touch then and catch up for a coffee and chat with Barry? Send us an email and I can give you our contact details – barryandsandra@nbareandare.com 😉

  3. I am from Gisborne. My parents showed me that you are here. I live in warwickshire now. Where will you be over the weekend?

    • Kia ora Kerry

      How lovely to be in contact with another Gisbornite (not sure that’s a real word lol, but it sounds like it ought to be!).

      We’re currently at Merry Hill, in Brierly Hill, trading here this weekend at a Floating Market. Following that, we’ll be heading to Stourport for the weekend of 3rd/4th September. We’re remaining in the Birmingham area now until around April 2017, so not far from you. We’ve got festivals booked every weekend until early October.

      Do come and say hi when you can.
      Sandra & Barry 😉

  4. Great blog. I’m a Yorkshireman serving in NZ Army (18 years now). Actually reading this in Jakarta. Dreaming of retiring to my ski house in Ohakune AND narrowboat back in Blighty. Good luck with your travels!

    • Kia ora Andy, thank you for taking the time and trouble to comment, much appreciated. We loved our time in Yorkshire, magnificent scenery. Keep dreaming and imagining that ‘best of both worlds’, sounds pretty similar to my aspirations, though not sure if I’ll ever get Barry back to NZ! Don’t wait too long to manifest your dream life 😉

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