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 ...

Thursday 9 July 2009

Meeting with friends along the way ...

Wednesday 8 July
Barry went back to Wickes in Burton this morning and not long after, narrowboat ‘4evermoore’ came past. Hurrah! We got to meet up with Kev and Ann again who are on their way to Great Haywood Junction where they moor their boat. Barry returned from his trip and had a good chat with them and helped to sort out one of their blog problems. Luckily he just remembered to take a photo as they were pulling away …

Kevin & Ann from "4evermoore" with Sam down below

Crossing the aquaduct over the flooded Dove River

A very threatening black cloud

One for my Mum & Dad

A few big locks today, but they were well spaced out so not such hard work. After one of them though, Barry pulled to the side of the canal to pick me up and we got well and truly stuck on the bottom! The boat (‘wellIdunno’ from Lincoln), who we’d shared the lock with, pulled us out after a bit of a struggle

Start of the big double locks again - Stenson Lock

Just after this we grounded - the boat coming out of the lock saved us ...

Life on a boat doesn't get simpler than this

A bit further up, and Barry decided he wanted to go and explore Swarkestone. So off he went on his bike while I sanded, wiped and varnished our front doors. Not as boring as it sounds as my mate Amanda phoned me so we had a girlie chat while I was varnishing! Unfortunately Barry had forgotten to charge his camera battery so he only got a few shots and missed ones he wanted – but he got the two towers as we were travelling along the canal.

Swarkestone Bridge over the rising River Trent

"The twin towers", Swarkesbury Pavillion built around 1632 close to the remains of Swarkesbury Hall
The sun came out again

A couple of homely looking boats

More big locks

Coming into Shardlow

Out of the last lock, lots of hire boats around here

The old warehouses of Shardlow, once the largest inland port of England
We moored up at Shardlow and Tony eventually found us! Tony is Carly’s father, a midwife from Derby who now works with me in New Zealand. We had a lovely evening getting to know one another over a bottle of Merlot from France on the boat courtesy of Tony , then a stroll along the canal to ‘The Malt Shovel’. What a nice man. Shame he had to leave to take Jenna’s dog for a walk (Carly’s sister who’s currently living in New Zealand also!) and get to bed before getting up at 5am to travel all the way to Doncaster to work. Bless him, what a nightmare! We hope to meet up with him again on our travels.

Sandra & Tony & two empty wine glasses

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