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”

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.”

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.”

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?”

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”