Last Summer we took our first big cruise from South Yorkshire to York in our floating home. By car it would take around an hour to get to York from where we have our permanent mooring in South Yorkshire, but on our canal boat last summer, we enjoyed a leisurely week or so of cruising, with a few exciting moments and experiences along the way, a truly enjoyable cruise along, approximately 19 miles of the industrial South Yorkshire Navigation, 6 miles of the very straight, yet interesting New Junction Canal with it’s, quite different swing and lift Bridges, then 9 miles of the Aire and Calder Navigation with it’s stretching views over the English countryside. We then met the tranquility of the Selby Canal, with it’s 5 miles of Continue reading “We Made It To York!”
Ever heard of a Polar Vortex, El Niño or La Niña? They’re words I’ve heard of, but until now, not really known the meaning of.
As we landed in Canada on our snowboarding holiday, we expected more snow. We came here last year and the snow was incredible, it was the powdery snow skiers and snowboarders dream of and apparently here in Fernie, it was pretty much nailed on to be the same every year, because on average they get up to 37 feet of snow falling every year. Continue reading “How Arriving In Fernie Became An Education – La Niña Who?”
I learnt how to snowboard in my early forties. One of the main reasons for me was because both my sons were learning to snowboard at that time and they were naturals, making it look so easy. They took to it like a duck to water and as I watched them from the viewing area of the indoor ski centre, strap on their boards and slide down the slope with grace, ease and without fear I wanted to be out there with them, it was something we could do together. Oh the holidays we could have, I was quite excited at the thought. I remember approaching Jon with the idea knowing he wouldn’t hesitate because he’d be up for the challenge and Oh yeah… Continue reading “No Excuses – Lets Just Do It!”
Here’s Part 4 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.
Naburn Lock to York
We enjoyed a great cruise from Rotherham to York.
If you’d like to catch up with our big canal journey then below is;
Here’s Part 3 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.
Selby Lock to Naburn Lock
If you’ve read parts 1 & 2 of our cruise to York, I would firstly like to thank you for
persevering, reading my ramblings and secondly, you may have realised we were not looking forward to The River Ouse part, because we’re wimps? Yes maybe, but also because we’d heard many boaters speak of their own experiences which ranged from being enjoyable to having to be rescued by the coastguard, (more of that story in a later post). Other boats were doing this run everyday, (well probably not in extreme weather conditions unless they were totally nuts) so we kept saying, “If we want to take the boat to York, we have to cruise the Ouse – Let’s do this!” Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear”
We bought ‘Head in the Clouds’, over sixteen years ago, she was an empty rusty shell and has been transformed into our home. There are still many things needing to be done to her, but we were able to move aboard last October and so far, we love living the boat life.
You can read this post, ‘It’s time to sell up and live on a boat‘ where I explain a little more about her and the transformation so far. Although we’ve had her for so long, we have only, so far enjoyed short journeys, so we thought it was time to try a bigger trip and venture up to York, which was always one ‘cruising‘ journey we wanted to do. We were quite excited about the trip, it was a big deal for us because:- Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge”
Since selling up and moving onto our boat October 2017, it seemed to take quite a while to get ourselves settled in, which meant it took quite a while before going out for a cruise, although we did have our first Winter on the boat, survived, loved it and were toasty warm. Jon was also busy doing quite a bit of maintenance work on the boat which included booking her in to dry dock to get her bottom blacked – sounds painful, I know, but it’s just something that needs doing every few years, consisting of the boat being out of the water in order for us to check the hull, do any repairs or welding jobs and re-paint. We were booked in for the end of July 2018, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to spend early July cruising up the Selby Canal and the River Ouse towards York and maybe beyond and as our neighbours were on their way to Knottingley to have their bottom blacked, we thought we’d join them for the first part of our slow meander.
The first leg of the journey would be a days leisurely cruise from Rotherham to The New Junction Canal just past Barnby Dun, where we’d be mooring for that evening, but it was to be a disappointing start for us. Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 1 – A Bumpy Start”
I awoke this morning really early, to the sound of very noisy birds, singing & twittering to their hearts content, not caring at all that there are people trying to sleep on this boat. I was quite excited because today I was travelling to London. Continue reading “A Day Of Contrasts”
Going to Whistler last year, was supposed to be a one off ‘special’ snowboarding trip for us and although we had a great time, we certainly didn’t think we’d be going again soon as it was a little on the expensive side, but of course it was fabulous and it left us feeling that we’d just love to see a lot more of that beautiful country, so of course we would have to add more of Canada to our never ending travel wish list or so we thought.. Continue reading “A Good Excuse to go back to Canada!”
I was in London for a flying visit to meet my youngest son from his three months away in Canada, but as I woke up excited in my hotel room, looking forward to seeing his face, the morning soon turned out to be a disappointment to hear that his plane had been cancelled and he was now due the next day. So, there was a day to kill… a tootle about London it was to be then.
It was nice though, because it meant I had a bit of (very rare) quality time with my eldest son Continue reading “An Unexpected Day in London”
I wrote this post last May, before we’d sold the house and moved onto the boat. We are so looking forward to cruising soon as work commitments and other practicalities have delayed us, but in the mean time it was nice to have a look back at one of our favourite trips. It was also our cats maiden voyage…
Posted May 2017 – With a long Bank holiday weekend behind us, Jon and I had asked ourselves the question…a short jaunt in Polly the camper van or a little trip out in the canal boat? Continue reading “#Throwback Thursday – A cheeky little canal cruise to Sprotbrough – And relax…”
(First posted 5 Mar 2017) This was more or less a year ago now and when I think back to the amount of work which went into actually achieving this I’m really quite amazed it only took a year. From selling a business and a house, to packing up, I wrote another post on de-cluttering, storing everything we couldn’t take with us to the boat, then moving on, (doesn’t actually sound a lot does it?) What a year!! Just made me smile when I read this again, we’d just come back from our first visit to Canada and during that holiday had made a BIG decision… It’s time to sell up and live on a boat
It was our first time to Schladming so we didn’t know what to expect, but after a long and (click if you’d like to read about our) eventful journey, we thankfully arrived in this beautiful, snowy, Austrian town.
Generally though, if you are visiting a town which tends to be lucky enough to have amazing snow in the Winter months, then you’re usually there for one main reason… Continue reading “9 Reasons to visit Schladming”
In October of last year my partner and I picked up the last of the packing boxes, handed over the keys and walked away from our house which we’d lived in for 14 happy years. We did this with certainty in our minds that we were doing the right thing as time had very quickly, but inevitably moved on, my boys had moved away and were happily getting on with their own lives so it was now time to think out of the box, move away from a dangerously boring ‘rut’ we could’ve easily have settled in to and do something a little different ourselves.
We moved onto our canal boat, aptly named, ‘Head in the Clouds’. No, it’s not beautifully finished, in fact there’s still quite a lot to fix, maintain and build, but hey… “we’ll manage to live on it while we finish doing it up right?” we had both said. Continue reading “How To Create a Utility Room on a Boat”
Yes it’s that time of year again to don the big boots, big coat, gloves, helmet and cover the face to the elements, strap a slippery board to the feet and throw ourselves off a snow covered mountain…It’s the long awaited and exciting Snowboarding time!
This time we flew off to somewhere totally new to us, Schladming, Austria. We have been a few times to Austria and the journeys have been easy peasy, but this particular area was new to us and it certainly didn’t disappoint, but the journey there was not the best… Continue reading “Not an easy journey to Schladming…”
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and much merriment!
For us, like most people, Christmas was a time to switch off, take a step back and spend quality time with family.
We had a great Christmas in our camper van, Polly. We drove up North on Christmas Eve to visit with my family where we spent the time between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day generally eating too much, drinking too much, playing games, (which got quite raucous at times) and laughing a lot, then on Boxing Day evening we drove down South to do much of the same with Jon’s family. We are here now to see in the New Year in Cornwall. Continue reading “One year on…”