Homeward bound

Our final week cruising this season saw us returning from Belgium to the Netherlands to leave the boat for the northern winter. Leaving Liège, after Tommo and Sally left Notre Vie, we decided to take the more scenic route down the Meuse River to Maastricht rather than the Albert Canal. At Monsin lock, the first […]

Belgium and Beer

Who would have thought things could be so different crossing an essentially non existent border!? Suddenly, the pretty houses with wonderful flower gardens were replaced with dull austere houses with stones in the front garden, perhaps the odd shrub. Fresh milk – the norm in the Netherlands – was now as rare as hens teeth, […]

Moving on board

Four days after the survey and the new antifouling were done, we moved from our AirBnb to Notre Vie. In the intervening days we had used the rental car to traipse about the area to hardware stores, IKEA, and shops a bit like Kmart to collect the essentials we knew were needed for life aboard. […]

Survey Day

A fine day and we were all aboard – Anne and me, the owner, the broker and the surveyor.  The latter had several ‘doctor’s bags’ full of instruments. – to measure the ph/salinity of the cooling  water, analyse the engine oil, take infrared pictures of the engine when running and measure the electrical output. All […]