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 26 October 2010

A Walsh weekend away in Walkford

Don't panic, we haven't left the country yet!  We've just returned from a wonderful family weekend in the New Forest, all 29 of us from four generations, so as you can imagine it was bedlam; but a lovely, lots of fun type of madness!

Barry returns to Northern Pride this morning, she's (hopefully) moored somewhere near Blisworth bless her.  I shall remain at my parents house until I collect him on Thursday, and say goodbye to her then.  We'll be handing her over to a Marina at that point to handle the sale for us, sadly we've not been overrun with people wanting to buy her, but then we knew that the time of year wasn't the best for selling a narrowboat and are hopeful that she'll sell in the not too distant future - how could anyone resist such a gorgeous boat?

We fly back to New Zealand from Birmingham airport, just after 8pm on Sunday 31 October - there may be a few broomsticks to negotiate along the way!  We have another stopover in Sydney with Barry's brother for a couple of days, arriving back in Gisborne on Bonfire Night, 5 November, so there'll be fireworks at the welcome home party.

We will finish the blog, so please keep reading - we've another four weeks (and more) to catch up on, so don't go away just yet ...


  1. Hi Guys
    So sad its all over, I feel for you both.
    If you want to catch up in Sydney give us a call on 0412103632 if you are too busy no probs.
    We leave for the UK on 11/11

  2. Oh so I guess we wont get to meet. Maybe we will catch up some time in NZ. Have a great trip back and take care.

    Alan and Frances