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, 12 April 2013

Back on the waterways tomorrow ...

We're now aboard AREandARE, our new home for the foreseeable future, with many adventures and I'm sure challenges to come.  It's wonderful to be back living on a narrowboat, though it's going to take a while to get used to sleeping in a fixed double -  I'd forgotten how 'cosy' it can be, but at least we have a spare bedroom this time if we need more space!

We made the most of the hire care yesterday and did a huge Tescos shop.  Here we are below, late at night, having a well-deserved drink to toast the boat before eating for the first time since breakfast.

Today I took the car back to Enterprise Worcester, where the lovely Becky informed me I could've paid a bit extra and delivered the car back to the Rugby office - ah well, I saw my parents and had lunch with my sister Viv and her fiancee Ray there, while Barry mooched around getting to know the intricacies of our new home and doing some washing while we've got the electric hook up (such a  luxury).

Tomorrow we're venturing out and heading north for a while, Barry can't wait - the beginning of our next chapter on the waterways of Britain.  


  1. Congratulations,the boat looks fantastic. We only have one week left before starting the same adventure.

    Andy and Sue
    Festina Lente

  2. Congratulations!!! Looking forward to seeing your future travels.

  3. Bon Voyage. E.