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 ...

Tuesday 28 April 2009

A bit of a grey day all round…

Arriving through the trees at Llangollen
The river Dee in Llangollen

One of the back streets. Castle ruin on hill behind.

Horseshoe Falls on a very grey day!
Cute cottage along the towpath walk to Horseshoe Falls

Our mooring at Llangollen Marina

Not much exploring achieved today as the rain was fairly persistent! I managed to get a 4 mile walk to the Horseshoe Falls and back, sunny on the way there but very wet on the return journey. Hurrah for good waterproofs and my pashmina and gloves!

Barry has spent the day trying to work out why our water supply has turned brown and why the boat appears to be tilting; it could be 6 months on a leaky boat after all (Split Ends song for those who haven't heard of it!)! But he rang the lovely man at Barbridge Marina who reassured him we weren’t about to sink. I think it’s all sorted now, it’s beyond my womanly brain to figure out what on earth it all means which is why I went for a long walk! Bless Barry he had my night terrors last night and heard noises that he thought were the boat sinking and thought ‘Sandra will never get back on if anything happens…’ so got up to investigate and found that the noise was heaps of ducklings nibbling away at the boat’s bottom bless them!

I’ve looked up my train times from Chirk to Sutton Coldfield for Thursday and all seems good, I’ll stay a night with my sister Katherine and catch up with the lovely Arlene, before heading to Kerry’s for the Hen Weekend in Barcelona, not that I’m really looking forward to 3 nights in a hotel with maybe some sunshine and warmth very much!! Lol! Poor Barry, I hope Tim does manage to come and say a couple of nights or he will be all alone for 5 days…

We'll leave Llangollen in the morning, shame we didn’t get to see more of it in the sunshine. Of course we also leave the internet coverage so no more blogs for a few days I think. The next ones will be from Barry, writing and photography, not sure if he will cope with the stress of it! Anyway, I suspect it will be brief. I may even get to log on from sunny Spain and check out what's been happening in my absence !


  1. Hi Both
    sounds as though you are really gettinga grip of barge life....the photos are fantastic... when you return from Barcelona ..we will try and meet you along the canal.are you doing the warwick/stratford ring during the rounds ...?
    hugs Mag,Gaz and Mikey xxx

  2. Shame about the rain, but looks (and sounds!) beautiful. Hopefully see you both when you're back from the hen. Lots of love xxxx

    PS - love the photo of the ducklings!!

  3. Hi Barry/Sandra,
    Nice meeting you both, we are at Wrenbury, have turned around and facing back towards Whitchurch (have friends visiting for weekend) so we may run in to yet again (may have a pint with you this time!)If not, enjoy your 6 months cruise
    Ann & Kev (nb 4evermoore)