Catching up – from Burnley to Wigan

Why do we blog? We realise a blog is meant to be "a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style." The informal or conversational style isn't much of a challenge. It's the 'regularly updated' part we've frequently struggled … Continue reading Catching up – from Burnley to Wigan

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A VIF on board Areandare from Newark to Saxilby

Managing the more than 2,000 miles of Inland waterways of the United Kingdom must be a mammoth task. In 2009 and 2010, when we first ventured to live aboard a narrowboat and enjoy all these treasures, they were maintained by British Waterways (BW). In July 2012, the year before we returned, British Waterways was transformed … Continue reading A VIF on board Areandare from Newark to Saxilby

Timely extra special evidence from C&RT and ‘YOURS’ for Barry’s visa application

It doesn't take a genius to recognise our living and working circumstances are a little outside the 'norm'. As 'Continuous Cruisers', living aboard a 60 foot long, six-foot ten inches wide narrowboat, we're not terribly conducive to ticking boxes exercises. Both being self-employed, running three quite different businesses, only adds to the complexity for those in authority comparing … Continue reading Timely extra special evidence from C&RT and ‘YOURS’ for Barry’s visa application

Floating Market Fun in Fazeley Followed by a Photo Shoot

I'm loving gathering information for our weekly 'Trading Tales' feature - we'll publish a new one every Friday at 12 midday, as long as I'm given stories to share. You won't be surprised to hear the inaugural post by fun-loving Heidi and The Pirate Boat  was rather popular! With the season now in full swing, last weekend … Continue reading Floating Market Fun in Fazeley Followed by a Photo Shoot

Bright and bustling in the Black Country

There's certainly nothing dark and smoggy about The Black Country this weekend. What wonderful, down-to-earth and friendly folks we've had the pleasure of meeting so far. Barry had an endless stream of visitors to The Home Brew Boat - not all were buying, but they took business cards away with a lot more knowledge of … Continue reading Bright and bustling in the Black Country

Continuing on The Rochdale Canal – Barry gets a bit bruised

On Thursday we set off on what was to turn into a bit of a nightmare trip. Two boats had already left when Patrick knocked on our door around 9am, and we said we'd really appreciate sharing the days' travails with him and Shelley (not that we knew their names at that point, but boy … Continue reading Continuing on The Rochdale Canal – Barry gets a bit bruised