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Another boating chapter begins!

I last posted in May 2020 and just before that in March 2020, where I mentioned our plans to relocate to the UK.

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…

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Kennet and Avon

More Bridges on the Netherlands Waterways

And some more bridges on the Netherlands waterways that we encountered on our cruising –

Flood Barrier

Well I suppose technically this is not a bridge – but a pretty imposing structure – the flood barrier on the Hollandse Ijssel, near Rotterdam.


Spaansebrug – an the way to …

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Breukelen on the Vecht

Bridges on the Netherlands Waterways

Even though we no longer have Shangri La, I still love looking back at the photos and reminiscing! We think those few years were the best of our lives.

I was reminded of the huge number of bridges on the Netherlands Waterways – which of course is not surprising given the amount of water there.

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Modern Lift Bridge near Leeuwaarden

London - Regents Canal

Lisson Grove – Regents Canal

Regents Canal

It has been nearly a year since I last posted. Did not really expect to be posting at all. Thought my canal days were over! (We sold Shangri La in 2018). Well maybe not!

Given the situation in SA, Karen and I are relocating back to UK.

Private …

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More interesting boats (part 3)

And here are the last of these interesting boats we have seen – this time mostly the rather deadbeat and derelict ones in France!

Interesting colour scheme

Saw this one somewhere in the Netherlands. Would love to know what inspired this colour scheme!

Deadbeat-boat on C de Roanne-a Digoin

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Shangri La inVerdun sur le Doubs

Boats and boats and more boats! (part 2)

Here are a few more pics of funny and/or interesting boats we have seen on our boating travels on the inland waterways through Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Antwerp – Willemdok Havenmeester

This was a one off – in Antwerp the Harbour Master, complete with white uniform and stripes meets al…

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Shangri La at Macon-ville

“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

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Latest Adventures

Sojourn in England

27th Julyto 29th August Bath Bath – River Avon There are several reasons for this month long sojourn in England. The main reason was to do the 2 -week Demuth’s Vegan Cooking Diploma Course in Bath. As any regular reader will know, we follow a plant-based diet... read more

South of France

Monday 16th July to Friday 27th July South of France There are a number of reasons for this little trip – we would have loved to have done it aboard Shangri La, but the trip down the Rhone is not taken lightly, especially if you want to come back up again. Also, down... read more

Chalon-sur-Saone – and on to St Jean-de-Losne

Chalon-sur-Saone Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th July As much as it is wonderful to have friends on board, it is lovely to have the boat all to ourselves. We had three lovely relaxing days in Chalon – a meal at our favourite vegan eatery – La Pierre Vie, shop ups at... read more

Having friends on board

Friday 29 June to Tuesday 3 July St Leger to Chalon-sur-Saone Friday was a catch up with cleaning the boat, shopping and getting ready for Karen’s friend Linda joining us. St Leger is a lovely stopping place. It is a Locaboat hire base so has all the amenities. The... read more

Digoin to St Leger-sur-Dheune

  Monday 25th June – Digoin to Paray-le-Monial Lovely late start to the day. Topped up the water tanks. Last shop up at E LeClerc and a visit to Tourist Office for wifi. Mainly to send emails to H2O in St Jean de Losne to set up meetings for a few repairs we need... read more

On to Digoin

Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd June We carried on along the Canal Lateral a la Loire towards Digoin. Our overnight stop was a wild stop near Gilly-sur-Loire. We thought we would walk into the village, but it was much further away, and nothing there anyway. On the good... read more

Vanneaux – and back to Decize?

Wednesday 20th June After a last shop up at the Intermarche, set out from Decize at 1030. Return journey in direction of Digoin much the same, though it was now a lot hotter. Glad we have finally worked out the best configuration for our awnings with the low bridges.... read more

Decize – on the Loire

Decize Tuesday 19th June The marina at Decize turned out to be very good, and not as expensive as I had been expecting. 10 Euros per night including electricity and water and wifi. This time the wifi actually worked! Well on our PCs and my mobile. But would simply NOT... read more

Canal Lateral a la Loire

Friday 15th to Monday 18th June Canal Lateral a la Loire Digoin to Decize Digoin is where three waterways meet – Canal du Centre, Canal de Roanne a Digoin and the Canal Lateral a la Loire. We set out from Digoin, now heading down the Canal Lateral a la Loire, at about... read more

Canal de Roanne s Digoin – Artaix to Digoin

  Wednesday 13th June Artaix to Digoin We had arranged a lockie for 0930 at the first lock, so got going about 09.10. The weather was perfect for boating – Not too hot and not raining. The first three locks were close together and operated by a young female... read more

Trips by Date

About Me

My love of boats goes back to my early years when I went on holiday with my parents to Knysna in the Cape. We stayed at a hotel on stilts, and I played in rowing boats and little motor boats on the lagoon.

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