Narrowboat AREandARE

From the 2009 & 2010 tantalising tales, traumas and stunning photographs of Barry (photographer) and Sandra (writer) from New Zealand aboard NB 'Northern Pride', to the stories of their 2013 return journey, purchase of 'AREandARE', progress on sustaining their live aboard continuous cruiser lifestyle, and Barry's quest to gain residency and 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' in UK ...

Friday, 24 April 2009

Whitchurch & beyond the internet

Don't think this building would pass the earthquake inspection in Gisborne

Sandra on the internet last night, the only place with coverage at the front of the boat
After a dismal start, today looks like being quite pleasant with the sun poking his head through the clouds every now and again. I walked into Whitchurch this morning in t-shirt, sweatshirt, pashmina, waterproof jacket and gloves and returned in just my t-shirt (the other things being put in my bag not tossed out along the way!). Recent purchases include an electric toaster to save gas (an expensive commodity we have discovered!) and a couple of clothes ariers for the hand washing. Life on the narrowboat is very much back to basics!
We're now setting off from Whitchurch and are unlikely to have any internet coverage for a few days.
I'll attempt to get some photo's of Barry over the next few days as he says his mum is going to be thinking I have done away with him and traded him in for a younger model!!! As if; I wouldn't swop him for the world bless him.
My lovely daughter Lisa should be joining us sometime this weekend which will be fabulous, it's so good to be close to her.
Away we go into Wales, for the next set of adventures including 2 beautiful but apparantly very scary aquaducts...


  1. Hi Barry and Sandra
    Ahoy me hardies, have you bought a parrot yet? Your blog is a great read. I enjoy keeping tracks of your journey.

    Keith and Cheryll were over for dinner last night, they now have Kim and Mike living with them.

    Nothing much happening in ol Gizzy. Have had a bit of rain but no where enough. The govt has finally recognised our lack of rainfall and declared a drought for the area.

    Are you getting Super 14 Results? Hurricanes have taken over top position on the leaderboard after hammering the Brumbies. Unfortunately all other NZ sides lost this weekend. The Blues even let the Reds beat them!

    Bye for now.
    Steve and Lorraine

  2. hi great photos. off to work, catch you later.