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 31 August 2010

Barry & Jamie in Bristol, and the continuing toilet tale ...

Monday 23 August

Barry's mother's family emigrated to NZ from Bristol in the late 18th century, so it was great for him and Jamie to have some time there to look around.

As I wasn't with them, it's a little challenging to write much, so today's post is in mostly photo form - but then I suspect many people only look at Barry's amazing photos anyway, giving the words a cursory glance, lol!

Here's the day's story ...

P1330289A We woke to a startlingly clear and still morning, with magical views across the harbour

P1330291A Barry walked to the boatyard to see if they could fix the toilet - but it was no go!


The harbour master did his rounds checking on boats to make sure they'd paid their fees, etc

P1330310 This is the first exit lock (Junction Lock), heading towards the tidal section of the river Avon from the harbour, with the pumphouse on the left



One of the old paddles from the lock and an old anchor beside it

P1330317 Sadly the sun disappeared and it started raining - not another boat on the moorings!


Jamie took control for a short while, though I think she preferred being a passenger

P1330333A We called at this marina and got the name of an engineer to ring who may be able to help



The kids were out in their 'yachts' learning some sailing skills 

P1330350 Moored back at St Augustine's Reach, but on the other side of the pontoon

Jamie left to return to London mid-afternoon, leaving Barry alone on the boat.  He'd contacted the recommended engineer, who came in the afternoon to check out the loo - he took it apart (gross!) and suggested the motor had probably seized up under all the pressure and times of low battery power, so took it away to see if he could fix it.  Barry was left with the loo sitting in the shower overnight (don't even imagine where he relieved himself overnight, must've had a large pee-bottle!) - fingers crossed that our dilemma could be solved simply as if not, we'd need a new toilet for at least £500 plus fitting - aargh!

Sorry, Barry seems to have run out of steam on the closing flower shots ...

1 comment:

  1. Dont sell yourself short Sandra! What would the photographs be worth without the sparkle of the accompanying text. Hooroo.