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

Boats and boats and more boats! (part 1)

So here we are, well into May. Normally by now I would have
done masses of route planning and have our 3 months cruising all set, as well
as wintering possibilities for the end of the year.

But Shangri La has a new owner and we are boatless!

I am a mixture of completely devastated and yet com…

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Paray le Monial just outside the town

2018 Shangri La cruising – Season review

What a season it was! Great from the point that we sold Shangri La to a good home, and that we achieved a reasonable price. Not so good from the cruising point of view.

Map with 2018 cruising route

With regards to the first point – when we bought Shangri La
at the end of 2012, I said that we …

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Gilly wild stop

Shangri La - The Final Episode - Part 2

Thursday 30th August to Monday 24th September

Part 2 – The sale of Shangri La

About a week after we left the boat  in July (see South of France and Sojourn in England), I had a message from the H2O broker that we already had an offer on Shangri La, obviously subject to survey, which I then ac…

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Shangri La with radar arch and aft awning down

“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

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

Canal de Roanne a Digoin – Roanne to Briennon

Monday 11th June Roanne to Briennon Our departure day. Raining. Karen returned the ablution keys to the Capitainerie while I disconnected the shore power. Lowered our awning and radar arch in preparation for the low bridges. We left at about 10.45 and did a short... read more

Roanne 2018

  Wednesday 30th May And at last I am back aboard Shangri La in Roanne! It is always a bit of a trek to get back on board, but this time it was exacerbated by the French rail strike. I had booked my flight from London to Lyon some time ago for Monday 28th ,... read more

Vegan Barging in France

Regular readers might be aware that Karen and I follow a plant-based diet, which can be tricky at times, but possibly more so while vegan barging in France. It has become easier over time, and we eat very well on board! Shangri-La has a wonderfully equipped galley and... read more

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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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