Can’t escape the paperwork

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on The Olivia Rose Diaries on May 20th 2022. This week we reached the charming town of Clamecy. We had decided to stay  there for a few days and whilst I would like to say our decision was made on the basis of seeing the sights, the realContinue reading “Can’t escape the paperwork”

Lifting bridges and happy cows

Hello and welcome to the latest blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on May 14th 2022. On May 6th we left Chitry-les-Mines with a distinct sense of déjà-vu. Michael keeps a detailed log book when we are cruising and as he looked back through the entries he saw that we had been at exactly thisContinue reading “Lifting bridges and happy cows”

The Buttercup Canal

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on The Olivia Rose Diaries on May 7th 2022. Those of you who have read the last blog entry will be pleased to know that the DHL donkey confounded all expectations and arrived a day early! The spare part that we had been waiting for took less thanContinue reading “The Buttercup Canal”

Where has the boat gone?

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on May 1st 2022. The past week hasn’t quite gone to plan, but luckily we never have that much of a plan. We found ourselves in need of a part for the boat – I shall spare you the technical details – andContinue reading “Where has the boat gone?”

Finding Eden – the Canal du Nivernais

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog in The Olivia Rose Diaries on 23rd April 2022. On Monday 18th April we left our winter mooring at Gannay. The first lock was only a few hundred metres away but, as we approached it, I realised something was wrong. Instead of our usual easy glide in,Continue reading “Finding Eden – the Canal du Nivernais”

Back into the water, but not cruising yet.

Hello and welcome to the latest blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on April 17th 2022. Whenever I think of our boat and the precious months we spend on her I associate it with a time of being free from responsibility, free from doing things that begin with ‘I must do…’ and instead indulging myselfContinue reading “Back into the water, but not cruising yet.”

Would you like a guided tour of Olivia Rose?

Hello and welcome to The Olivia Rose Diaries on April 10th 2022. Boats are fascinating creatures. There are so many different sizes, shapes and layouts. One of the many joys of this life is meeting not just new people but also their boats. English narrowboats, wide-beam Dutch barges, huge commercial barges that have been turnedContinue reading “Would you like a guided tour of Olivia Rose?”

Who let the dogs out?

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on March 27th 2022. As the price of diesel is so high at the moment we decided to use pedal power for a short break away this week. The weather had turned gloriously spring-like and we wanted to make the most of it.Continue reading “Who let the dogs out?”