The 100th blog – looking back.

Hello and welcome to this anniversary blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on June 3rd 2022. I sat down to write this 100th blog thinking it would be relatively simple to re-visit the last two years, using photos to bring those memories to life. It turned out to be a fascinating exercise, but far fromContinue reading “The 100th blog – looking back.”

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?”

Blue is my favourite colour

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on 29th October 2021. We are almost at the end of our first week house-sitting in Marseillan and have found it to be a very different experience from staying with friends or renting a holiday cottage. I feel as if I haveContinue reading “Blue is my favourite colour”

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.”

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”