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 23 June 2009

Rules must be obeyed!

We changed our minds and decided to stay at Warwick today. It meant we could get the laundry done here (though much cheaper than last week, it only cost £2 for 2 loads of washing), and also go into the Library and download an insurance claim form and photocopy the details of receipts for Barry’s recent trip to NZ. We need to get it all sorted and posted off and hope that they really will refund us!

Barry went for a long bike ride this morning and got chatting to all sorts of people as usual. He even got shown around a house that's on the market for £2.6million! He also got some fantastic pictures of the Castle from the bridge that he wouldn’t have seen if we hadn’t stayed on.

Hire boats moored under the main bridge of Warwick

Warwick Castle taken from the bridge. Timed it nicely and got about 30 seconds of sun on the castle

The railing on the bridge - note where all the other photographers must have stood and worn it down over the last 400 years

A little street I found overlooked by the castle, where all the tradesmen, etc lived.

The view up from the street - you wouldn't want their slops bucket emptied on you!

Barry spoke to the guy who'd just inherited the house in the middle which ued to be the Armourer's/Blacksmith's house. The one on the right was the bridge keeper's

This house is on the market for £2.6million - doesn't look much from the front but was very impressive inside. The iron gate lifts up to drive in.

The rear of the house

Another view of the rear, amazing character to it. All oak beams inside with huge fireplaces and staircases.

After the great fire of 1694 most of the town was rebuilt in the Georgian style. For more information go to:

It’s been a perfect day weather wise, and we got our washing dry this afternoon/evening (we had to put it all on the front of the boat. Barry found a hardware store to buy a clothes line, and some pegs from Sainsburys. We tried to get it out on the line in the sun on the towpath, but got told off by the camp commandant! It’s a lovely mooring here but there are many rules to be obeyed, very English, though the putting out of washing to dry wasn't in the pamphlet we were given, it must be a new rule!.
Tonight we sat out on the towpath for our evening meal and played half a game of scrabble (sad I know!) before it got too cold and we gave up (only because Sandra was losing!).

Definitely going to move on tomorrow, we’ve recovered from the 21 locks now, Lol!


  1. Thanks for some great pics, Warwick is down the road from me so i will pop down for a session myself

  2. those buggers at work have put a block on so i can't post a comment! They must think ive been spending too much time gazing at your pics! And reading your v interesting tales of course! Keep it up - i'll have to save commenting for when i'm at home. Warwick looks lovely - where to next??