Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Oops! Have a bunch of flowers!

It's been a year or two since I posted on this blog, which to be fair I established as part of a project which didn't get off the ground, and to my horror and embarrassment I've discovered every man and his dog have been visiting! Maybe this small gesture will offset your frustration for a time! Now that you've found the place, rest assured that it will be rolling in a different format in the near future - possibly in April of this year as the cruising season gets underway. In the meantime you can keep up with the lighter side of cruising at our Fading Memories blog.

©Peter Hyndman 2012

Monday, 18 October 2010

Another Season Over

And so another season comes to a close, waterways are as devoid of boats as the trees are of leaves. This blog is currently almost as devoid of posts, but I have a plan!

Keep bobbing back from time to time for updates.

 ©Peter Hyndman 2010

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Tour 2010

Not everyone is a follower of cycling but there's not doubt the Tour de France is big!

For those who may wish to watch it's progress and to feel the excitement, or for those who may wish to stay well away for that matter to avoid the crowds, this year's course and the dates of the event are listed here. (Or click the title of this post)

©Peter Hyndman 2010

List of Canals in France

Wikepedia have a great resource online, listing all of the navigable canals in France with links to descriptions and maps illustrating their locations.  Click the link or the title of this post to take you to the page.

My usual caveat applies when relying on anything online, (including anything you read on this site by the way), so read everything, and draw your own conclusions as to it's accuracy!

Boat Names

The boat name arrived in the mail today, from Boat Names Direct ready for it's big trip, and now we feel as though all this is really is happening.   
I would have waited until we were there before arranging the signwriting, or done it myself, but the online service provided by the above company was too easy to overlook, and while it's a bit early to pass a long term judgement, the product looks first class as was the service.

Having a fake home port name on the transom is very uncool, and Mooloolaba, last time I looked was not a port in the north of France.  It is so uncool that it contravenes international maritime law, and we probably shouldn't do it.
But I really love the smile that French people get when they try to read it.  It's very similar to the one they get when I try to pronounce any French word with an "r" in it, so until we get locked up for our flagrant disregard for authority (unless we chicken out in the meantime) we'll proudly fly the tricoleur from her stern right above the sign that reads:


On a more serious note, I will attempt to unravel the world of visas, licensing and registration for Australians in Europe in coming posts.

©Peter Hyndman 2010

Monday, 14 June 2010

A Northern Escapade

It's not as though we needed a break, but when Ian and Lynda offered us a passage on Deerste for a few weeks, well it would have been plain rude of us to decline, so after catching up with family in Paris for a weekend we caught the TGV north to Douai to begin a delivery through the south of Belgium and a route which provided amazing contrasts between rural, industrial and city environments and multiple changes of pace depending on which of those places we found ourselves travelling through.

I am sure over coming months and years we may well gather enough data to provide a complete rundown of each route as we travel through, but in the meantime I'd thoroughly recommend using Tom Sommers' digital versions, which unlike our own reports, are much more likely to be up to date.

Canal de Briare

In 2009 thanks to the generosity of friends, we managed to complete our first season on the Canals of France (this post is once again aimed at inserting key words into the text that do not necessarily relate to a lack of err... community.  Google keeps reading the "chat" and misconstruing it!)

So we met Graham and Iris on "Manatee" in Briare, for a few short weeks and were treated to a whirlwind (if that's possible at seven kilometres per hour) tour for a short distance down the Canal Lateral a la Loire to Sancerre,  returning after a few days and travelling the full length of the Canal de Briare to the Seine via the Canal du Loing.

Part of the reason for our being in France for the season, was to discuss a successon plan for "Manatee" and when we departed for a few weeks with the intention of rejoining her for the rest of the season, it was with the absolute conviction that  we had found our new life.