During July we, (myself, Jon, our two dogs and 2 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, but with Jon’s work primarily being around the York area this summer we decided to head up to that magnificent city again, and why not?
The whole journey is fabulous from the South Yorkshire navigation to the Aire and Calder River, onto the beautiful Selby canal, braving the rapid Ouse river toward Naburn and then a sedate trip into York.
There’s always so much more to explore there too, especially as I’m a bit of a history lover so York again? Absolutely! Who knows, we may just head up further along another stunning stretch of water, the Ripon canal which leads to the heart of Ripon, if time allows, well that was the plan…
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 NewJunction 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!”→
I first wrote this post in February last year when we’d only been living on the boat for three months and were short on space. Well, this ‘utility room’ is the most useful room on board and it would be so difficult to live without it now. It is a spare room with double bed, and yes we have had guests sleep in it. It is the cats room, where the litter tray is and where they are fed, it’s a great store room, cloak room and it’s where the washing machine lives and we have lines up along the ceiling creating a great drying space. It’s proved to be a brilliant room so thought I’d share it again. Here’s the post again explaining how it was created:
In October of 2017 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.
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 livingthe boat life.
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.
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”→
(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 onde-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
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”→
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…”→
Well, after months of planning and after selling my business and our house, we finally made the move out of our 3 bedroom house into our broad beam, narrow canal barge and are in the process of making it home. We’ve been in a few weeks now and I can safely say we are both knackered. Continue reading “We did it! We moved onto the boat!”→
There comes a time when you turn around and your children choose not to hold your hand when crossing the road anymore, they are a little more independent every day, they begin to tackle their own problems, you find out they had a cold and you didn’t even know about it, but they got healthy again without you fussing around them with hot honey and lemon drinks, hot water bottles & without those ‘mummy’ cuddles. You turn around and they’ve grown up. Continue reading “Living the Dream”→