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 28 October 2010

Farewell and thank you Northern Pride

It's been a busy couple of weeks as we come to the end of our travels aboard Northern Pride.  Barry has finished some painting in the bow and she looks much happier (and a bit shiny!), and today we've taken off the last of our belongings and cleaned her from top to bottom.  She's all ready for a new owner to come and take possession.

We decided to hand her over into the capable hands of Blisworth Marina, and 'The New and Used Boat Company', having heard very favourable reports about them.  So hopefully her details will be on their website in the very near future.

We feel so fortunate to have had two summers of travelling around the canals and rivers of England and Wales over the past two years, so, although it's sad to part with her, we're just grateful to have had the amazing experiences we've had, seen the places we've seen, and met some fabulous people.

We'll finish the blog of our journeys over the coming weeks, it'll be bizarre writing about it but in a way will keep us in touch for a little while longer.

I'm sure we'll be back on the canals at some point in the future ...

In the meantime, we may partake of a drink or two tonight to celebrate/commiserate!


  1. All the best on your return home, who knows we may meet up again in your home town of Gisborne sometime in the future.
    Take care
    Dot and Derek (ex Nb Gypsy Rover)

  2. Good luck Barry and Sandra! Hope everything goes well with selling Northern Pride. Glad we got to catch up.
    Elly and Mick

  3. Good luck and have a safe journey. Thanks for all the enjoyment your blog has given so far. Looking forward to the continuing saga from Australia's most easterly state ;-)



  4. Hi Both,
    Sorry our paths didn't cross this time around, We have enjoyed following your blog and the fantastic pics that Barry takes, It was nice meeting you (first time around) we wish you the very best for the future.
    Kev & Ann (nb4evermoore)