We are so lucky my trusty friends and crew Wyn and Donna were willing and able to help me with the last stage of the trip down to Devizes.
And of course, I am so disappointed Karen wasn’t able to be part of it.
I did manage to keep her updated with pics of what was happening.
Wyn and Donna picked me up from Devizes on Sunday morning and we drove to Newbury. Made good time and arrived at the boat about noon.
I had wondered if we could avoid collapsing the…
The next stage of the trip, Reading to Newbury, also went pretty well much according to plan! Such a shame Karen was busy on a care job, so couldn’t be with me. Fortunately, a lovely couple, Donna and Wyn, who we met during our boating travels in France, were both keen and able to assist.
I love it when a plan comes together, and the trip from Windsor to Reading went pretty much to plan!
The planning app I used said it would take 14 hours – we took 13.75 hours.
The other part of the plan was for Karen to hire a car, collect me from Devizes, along wit…
Like most things – It’s all in the planning!
Since my last post we have done the deed and Shirley Anne (soon to be Shangri La) is ours. Karen collected the keys last week.
And now we are planning how to get her from Windsor on the Thames to near Devizes on the Kennet and Avon canal.
It’s been 2 months since I last posted, and a lot has happened in my life on the Kennet and Avon Canal – both from a job perspective, and with our boat buying journey.
I have settled into the job of supervising the turn around procedure of the hire boat fleet. Much…
Well, ‘you know what’ pretty well scuppered all that!
But suddenly, things are looking up!
We eventually arrived here in the UK in November 2020. My wife had set up to do live i…
“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” … as the Water Rat said to the Mole in “Wind in the Willows”. And how right he was! I hope I can share the pleasures of boating by recording the trips myself and my wife Karen have taken on the journey to actually buying our boat, and now on our very own Dutch Steel Motor Cruiser, Shangri-La 2.
This blog is an online journal of my various boating activities that have happened over the last few years, from the numerous boating holidays we have taken, some interesting work related events and the journey to buying our own boat