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 ...

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Back on board and all ship shape!

Barry arrived safely back into Heathrow yesterday afternoon, and after a short debate with customs about where he would be living and how he was financing himself, they 'allowed' him back in! Hurrah! It was so lovely to see him again.

We met up with Jamie who lives in a neat place in Hammersmith, West London, and went out for 'an English' at a local Wetherspoons (good cheap English pub chain!).

After a good night's sleep, we made it back through London, despite the tube strike (typical that they'd have a 48 hour strike just when we arrived!) and got to Evesham this afternoon and picked up our boat. She's looking well lovely with her new blacked bottom and the 'Wabasto' - the central heating system - is now working perfectly after a service and a de-choking. We have it on this evening as it's a bit of a chilly night and pouring with rain here, having been out for a curry earlier and got soaking wet.

The new curtains are all hung and look so much better, it's like a shiny new boat! We'll be getting some provisions in the morning and then beginning our journey up river again - and we're going to head north we've decided, yaay! Back to the canals soon,

Barry's knackered and still has many hours of sleep to catch up on, so although there are some photo's to be put on from last night and today, we won't be doing that until tomorrow - so come back soon!!!

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