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 ...

Saturday 17 August 2013

In opposite hemispheres - but for how long?

Well this is strange, Barry and I are in different hemispheres for the first time since 2009, when he left UK to visit his dad in NZ.  We've been apart numerous times since, when I've been working away from home for a week or two, or when I've been on holiday - but not this far.

We have no idea how long it'll be for.  It could be as little as two months, or as long as six! Yikes! I'm hanging out for the minimum and visualising the UK visa successfully gained within six weeks of application, and the shop selling in around the same time. Then Barry just needs to find a flight back to UK - we have enough air points with Malaysia Airlines between us for a one way ticket, but he'll just need to secure and book a seat.

Barry waiting for the first leg of his five (three trains and two planes!) to New Zealand

Areandare is safely ensconced at Tattenhall Marina now until 1st March - I'm with my parents until next Thursday helping out with a few bits and pieces, so I've not had a lot of 'spare'-time to miss Barry yet. I've decided it's better to be 'excited' about the fact that we've got this far, all the paperwork for the visa is with Colin from 'ivisas' now, and all will go to plan.

AreandAre about halfway along the pontoon in the middle

We only had one night aboard with a hook up - what a luxury that is! And we had a couple of drinks at Scott's Bar in the marina - met a few fellow moorers, but only temporary ones. I'm sure there'll be plenty of time to meet others over the coming months.

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