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 ...

Sunday 7 June 2009

Two days to go ...

Friday’s long day of train and car travel went smoothly, but my arms were aching yesterday after lugging my suitcase up and down many flights of stairs at train stations!

Exeter is a neat place, Kim and I went shopping yesterday while Viv got ready for the 21st party, but the heavens decided to open and it poured with rain the whole day so we got soaking wet!
A beautiful rose between 2 thorny sisters!

The party was great fun; it was held upstairs at a pub called The Winchester’ in Exeter. Viv bought a chocolate fountain for dipping marshmallows and strawberries in, yummy …

Me and Ray check out the chocolate dip!

The music was very ‘young’ and I craved a bit of Abba or anything that I could make any sense of and that didn’t sound as though it was the same record being played over and over again - boom boom boom, bass bass bass!! But I managed to get a bit of dancing in anyway, the drinks were very cheap, and it was great to be with Viv and her lovely family.

We're driving vack to Brighton today after a Sunday roast, then tomorrow morning Barry will be setting off to return to England – not long now before we’re back on board cruising once more. Fingers crossed that customs lets him back into the country!!

Viv and Rex chilling on a Sunday afternoon ...

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