Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home.

 Hello and welcome to the latest blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on October 11th 2021. Apologies for the blog being late this week. It’s been hectic and when we finally arrived back at Le Shack the mobile phone signal which gives us our internet connection, so often eratic over the weekends, had disappeared completely.Continue reading “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home.”

Wonderful Wales – part two

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on September 24th 2021. We left our friends camping at the coast and are now inland, house-sitting for some friends in the village of Cwmdu in the Brecon Beacons. We lived in this village for eight years, arriving in 2004 and leaving inContinue reading “Wonderful Wales – part two”

Wonderful Wales – part one

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on September 17th 2021. This week we have been on the coast in west Wales, staying in a small campsite with friends just outside the charming, immaculate, expensive and very touristy village-come-small-town of Newport. We arrived on a grey and wet dayContinue reading “Wonderful Wales – part one”

Getting to grips with travelling

It is 7.30am and I am standing on the deck of the Brittany Ferries ship ‘Cap Finistere’ as she sails across the Bay of Biscay from Bilbao to Portsmouth. The sea is like a mill pond, black and sluggish below the grey skies of early morning. There is an orange glow on the horizon thatContinue reading “Getting to grips with travelling”

A religious experience

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on September 3rd 2021. This has been a momentous week for us as our trip back to the UK is now booked and feels like it might actually happen. We depart from Bilbao on September 7th on the overnight crossing to Portsmouth. We usually take the Eurotunnel butContinue reading “A religious experience”

Back to Le Shack and a sense of déjà-vu

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on August 27th 2021 We arrived back at Le Shack on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve only been gone two months but it doesn’t take nature long to re-establish itself. For those of you who have followed us as we gradually reclaimed this wilderness since we moved in late lastContinue reading “Back to Le Shack and a sense of déjà-vu”

Drama on the quayside and the end of the season

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on August 20th 2021 Because we spend so much of our boating life on the move we have less opportunity to make relationships with people than we did when we led a more settled life. There simply isn’t the time to get to know each other, but thatContinue reading “Drama on the quayside and the end of the season”

A bargain at half the price

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on August 13th 2021. I thought I would begin this blog by talking briefly about money and to give you an idea of what it costs to cruise the French waterways. We have been cruising for 42 days, or six weeks, a nice round number to analyse. ThereContinue reading “A bargain at half the price”

Besancon -old memories, new memories.

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on 6th August 2021 as we explore Besançon and head on back down the Doubs. We visited Besançon around ten years ago on one of our tours in our beloved old Hymer motorhome. It’s not a place you forget. The old town is contained within a loop ofContinue reading “Besancon -old memories, new memories.”