Tranquility – a state of mind or a function of place?

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog on July 30th 2021. This week we left the River Saône and turned onto the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. This takes us in a north easterly direction, the opposite way that we want to go to reach our winter port, but we have some spare timeContinue reading “Tranquility – a state of mind or a function of place?”

River wide, river deep

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on July 23rd 2021. My blog last week ended in Fontenoy, close to the southern end of the Canal des Vosges, where we waited for the canal to be cleared of fallen trees. The next stage of our journey would be back ontoContinue reading “River wide, river deep”

Haven’t I been here before?

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on July 16th 2021. We began our week moored up in Epinal on the Canal des Vosges. This will be our fifth year of cruising and in that time we have visited so many towns and villages and stayed in so many ports and rural moorings, that IContinue reading “Haven’t I been here before?”

Slipping the lines – from Basse-Ham to Epinal

Hello and welcome to the blog on July 9th 2021 – From Basse-Ham to Epinal There’s something magical about the phrase ‘slipping the lines’. In practical terms it means letting the ropes go but on an emotional level it means freedom, escaping, starting a new life. For such a momentous event I felt we shouldContinue reading “Slipping the lines – from Basse-Ham to Epinal”

Settling back into boating life

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on July 1st 2021. This feels like a momentous day as it is also our first blog back on board our lovely boat Olivia Rose after so many months of enforced separation. This will be our fourth year cruising and I always have mixed feelings as we journeyContinue reading “Settling back into boating life”

Back to Olivia Rose!!!!!

Welcome to the latest blog on June 23rd 2021. I have some great news to share. We are heading back to our boat, Olivia Rose, tomorrow and hope to spend July and August cruising through France. At the moment she is moored as far away as she could possibly be, on the Moselle near MetzContinue reading “Back to Olivia Rose!!!!!”

From the mountains to the sea

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on June 11th 2021. We’re back out on the road again. This time we’re heading south to the Pyrénées, beginning in the Vallée d’Aspe and then looping over to the coast, close to the border with Spain on the Basque Corniche before returning home. We can only goContinue reading “From the mountains to the sea”

Wildlife special and farewell to an old friend

Hello and welcome to the first blog of June 2021. Rain and thunderstorms have kept us at home this week so no more travel pictures for you, but we do have a new selection of wildlife pictures from the trail camera. This is our first sighting of a badger, a bit fuzzy around the edgesContinue reading “Wildlife special and farewell to an old friend”