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 ...

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Moving along to Christleton, then back to Tattenhall - witnessing a spectacularly sensational sunset

After a good stock up in Tescos last Monday, we cruised back to Christleton, saying a fond 'farewell for now' to Chester - on a beautiful, spring, blue-sky day.

Mooring once more just alongside The Cheshire Cat, we took full advantage of the mild weather and enjoyed a stroll to this charming Cheshire village on Tuesday.

A quintessentially British village

Many a mansion in these parts!

You don't get too many days like this in March - having a crafty lunchtime pint at the pub

Barry enjoyed his last game of badminton at the High School in the evening - he'll miss that on our travels. Does anyone know any good badminton halls in the midlands that may take 'random' visitors?

On Wednesday, the lovely Jill came to see us for a spot of lunch, on her way to Cheshire Oaks.  She's off to Bali en-route to Australia soon, so we don't know when we'll meet again.

Jill and Sandra say goodbye for a while

Yes - Barry's had a recent hair cut!

Leaving mid-afternoon, Barry was driving the boat to Tattenhall, while I played catch-up with a  few things inside. 

The seemingly endless row of boats along the route

Fading light, but it's getting later before the sun goes down now

At dusk, he called on the phone (we have an internal phone from the stern to the kitchen!), to tell me to look outside.

The sun was low on the horizon looking like an orange Smartie. It was so clearly outlined at one point, it could've been a press-able button. I don't think I've ever seen the sun in such glory - so much so that I couldn't decide which of Barry's photos to leave in so I posted them all ...

I realise looking at these that it looks like they've been photoshopped - but seriously, this IS what the sun looked like! Is it some sort of phenomenon from something?

Not to be out-done, the moon was looking rather marvellous later on too!

Isn't nature incredible?

It's such a blessing to be out doors most of the time, and able to watch these breathtaking sights


  1. Haircut...... looks more like he lost the fight with the lawnmower! :-)

    1. Cheeky monkey, is that you Tom? His hairdresser is his delightful wife. He says you should've seen the state of the lawnmower - and his hair prior to the 'trim'!

      Hope all is well ;-)