Life Through A Porthole

One of the main things I love about living on a boat are the portholes, seeing the world through a round window focusses your vision, focusses your mind and thoughts. You can read about the start of our boat life HERE and the making of ‘Head In The Clouds’, our beloved home on the water.…

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Getting through a ‘No-Wedding’ Day

Since October 2019, we have been planning our special day. Jon had proposed while we were perched on a beautiful cliff edge on a drizzly day in Cornwall. We were eating a Cornish pasty, drinking a ginger ale while watching two pairs of seals playing in the waves, you don’t get much better than that…

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Thursday Doors – The Church of St Mary The Virgin

As you walk around this world, gazing toward stunning and sometimes unusual buildings, are your eyes drawn to doors?  Personally mine are, admiring their various shapes, colours and designs, but I mainly think about the people who have wandered through them in the past.  There are many types of doors.  Do they make you inquisitive enough to…

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From Snowy Slopes to Lockdown Blues

I don’t need to tell anyone that it’s a really really weird time at the moment right?  For everyone, the whole world!  Bizarre! I for one am quite happy to have said goodbye to the month of March and, like many wonder when this will all be over. In February we’d obviously heard and were talking about…

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The Long Haul To Sun Peaks And A Book Dilemma

Our annual snowboarding trip had arrived and after looking initially for a week in Europe, then comparing prices to our favourite destination, Canada, we found that for a little more, we could have 10 days, two for one lift passes, which is worth around £400, and snowboarding in one of the best destinations in the…

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Exploring Kirroughtree Forest

Back in November 2019, we decided to take Polly, our camper van and do some touring of Scotland, initially around the Dumfries area, then we’d see where Polly would take us.  We were also on the hunt for, not only some great walking, but some good mountain biking trails. Our first Brit Stop seemed to be…

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What Is A Brit Stopper?

“What is a Brit Stopper?” we asked, while chatting to a couple who had parked their camper van in the car park of a pub.  We were staying in a nearby campsite at the time and had visited the pub for a meal.  “You just buy the annual Brit Stop’s book and all the places…

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Cruising UK Canals and Avoiding High Waters

During July we, (myself, Jon, our two dogs and two cats) set off again, on our annual cruise from our mooring in South Yorkshire, in our home on the water.  Last year, we travelled up to York and loved every minute of it.  This time, we said we’d like to explore other areas of the canal system,…

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We Made It To York!

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…

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Walking The Lizard – Church Cove to Cadgwith

  If you’ve ever visited Cornwall, UK you may know that ‘The Lizard’ is the name of the peninsula in southern Cornwall, UK, with Lizard Point being near the most southernly point of the British mainland.  Whilst down there over Easter, we did some beautiful walking Jon and I, along with Jon’s mum, dad and…

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How Arriving In Fernie Became An Education – La Niña Who?

  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…

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No Excuses – Lets Just Do It!

  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…

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A Slow Meander to York – Part 4 – Enjoying Naburn and On To York

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; Part 1 – A Bumpy Start Part 2 – A Challenge On The Selby Canal Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear…

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A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear

  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 […]

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A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge

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…

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A Slow Meander to York – Part 1 – A Bumpy Start

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…

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