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 ...

Friday 28 May 2010

As if we've never been away ...

P1210064We're now back on board Northern Pride and it feels as though we've never been away!  Having made the most of our last day with the hire car yesterday, we stocked up on essentials at Sainsburys and then continued on to our mooring.  It took a while to unpack and load everything onto the boat - we're not sure how we've managed to collect so much 'stuff' from each hemisphere!

After having a lovely meal with Joy and Bruce, who've been fabulous looking after our boat for the last eight months, we retired just before midnight and didn't get up until 9am - the latest since we've been back in UK so hopefully that's the last of the jet lag!



Bertie with bone and Barry with beer ... Perfect bliss!








Bruce and Joy







Glad Sad to say goodbye to 'Northern Pride'!

This evening we collected my eldest daughter, Lisa, from Tamworth train station and she's staying with us overnight.  Lisa and Jamie, Barry's daughter, overlap briefly tomorrow afternoon and then in the evening we'll be travelling back to The Dog and Doublet where we had our wedding last September.  Hopefully a few friends will be coming along for a drink to say 'hi'.

P1210070 Sandra and Lisa at Tamworth Station - a short walk from the canal

The plan then is to travel to Birmingham on Sunday - there's over 30 locks to get through and my godson and his girlfriend, Mikey and Sophie, are coming to give us hand!