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 ...

Who are Barry and Sandra?

Barry (Teutenberg) was born in Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand in 1955, living there all his life apart from 6 months in 1976 when he travelled to England with some friends and initially caught the 'boating bug' after spotting barges on the Norfolk Broads. 

He ran a successful photography business for 35 years before selling it in 2008 to pursue his dream of travelling the waterways of Britain by narrowboat.  Having spent many years photographing weddings, schools, family portraits and commercial work, Barry loved nothing better than capturing the beauty of the canals and places along the way, taking the majority of the photos for the blog during 2009 and 2010.  In 2011 Barry opened up a 'Home brew and more' shop in Gisborne, New Zealand, using his extensive knowledge and experience to interact with his customers!  Barry sold the shop in September 2013.

Sandra (Walsh) was born at home in Shirley, Solihull, in 1959 and is a qualified nurse and midwife, having practised nursing and midwifery in a variety of roles and places for 35 years.  She fulfilled a long held dream and immigrated to New Zealand in January 2005, meeting Barry in January 2006 who subsequently presuaded her to return to England in 2009 to buy a narrowboat!  Sandra's had articles published in nursing and midwifery publications, the Reader's Digest, and the Gisborne Herald, and is the author of the words of the blog posts.  In March 2013 Sandra completed a Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching with Life Coach Associates, Auckland, NZ ( 

Barry and Sandra married in England on the roof of their narrowboat 'Northern Pride' in September, and back in New Zealand on the beach in December, 2009.  Sandra chose to retain her maiden name and vice versa!  Barry and Sandra have four grown up children between them, and two gorgeous grandsons in England.

In 2009 and 2010, Barry and Sandra travelled almost 2,000 miles on the waterways of England and Wales, following which they put their beloved Northern Pride on sale.  

Barry and Sandra returned to England on 20th March 2013, and purchased another narrowboat called 'AREandARE'.  She's 60' 2" long, with room for family and friends to come and visit, as well as space for Sandra and Barry to run their businesses. 

Sandra now coaches by Skype and phone, from the boat or wherever she happens to be (have laptop will travel), people who are looking to change something about their life in order to increase their sense of 'self', enhance personal happiness and fulfil their potential. She also writes a Life Coaching blog (, and guests posts to other relevant publications, as well as writing about their narrowboat adventures.

Barry is setting up a home brew supplies boat and website, as well as publishing photography and selling his stunning images. It's all a work in progress now he has his UK visa and returned to UK on 25th October 2013.