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”

Need a cure for insomnia? My new book has just been published!

It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since I published my first book, Just Passing Through, about our life on the waterways of France. It has done well, and to my astonishment I now have sales in the USA, Australia, Canada, India and Europe as well as the UK. I know many ofContinue reading “Need a cure for insomnia? My new book has just been published!”

Naked ambition

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on May 7th 2021 With Spring in the air many people are thinking about their gardens. We receive numerous e-mails from gardening companies trying to sell us goods of a horticultural nature but one stood out from the crowd this week. The title was’ World naked gardening day’Continue reading “Naked ambition”

Let it rain

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on April 30th 2021. After weeks of hot, dry weather the rains have finally arrived and our dusty valley has been washed clean. There is a sense that we are on the cusp of an explosion of growth: in the newly seeded fields along the valley floor, inContinue reading “Let it rain”