Bringing Driftwood home to Ireland

Driftwood Ireland

I’ve mixed emotions about bringing Driftwood home to Ireland, but we had to make a decision one way or another. We’re both in Ireland full time and only getting out to the boat for two weeks twice a year if we’re lucky. Driftwood was becoming very neglected. Looking after a boat is expensive at the best of times but when it’s hundreds of miles away in another country it becomes even more difficult.

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Monsieur and my bicycle trailer.

bicycle trailer

Monsieur and my bicycle trailer.

We have been in Meaux for over a week now waiting for a bicycle trailer! That is very out of character for us as we are normally randomly ambling around the canals & rivers. However there is a reason for this, because all French filling stations are strategically situated away from waterways boaters have to walk for miles with jerrycans of diesel. This forces them to buy the overpriced diesel from marinas where the diesel has been stored in a damp underground tank since last season. I’m

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Time lapse video of a cruise on the Seine.

Time lapse video of a cruise on the Seine.

Our two sons Ben & David as well as Ben’s girlfriend Tara flew over to meet us in Paris and spend a few days on the boat. This was to celebrate Marion 50th but also David’s 21st. It was wonderful to see them and we had a great weekend. We took a trip from the Port de l’Arsanel on the Canal St Martin in the centre of Paris out onto the Seine and down as far as the Statue of Liberty (the original one!)

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The barge men’s strike and Marion’s birthday

Barge strike blocks the river

What a busy week, the barge men have gone on strike and Marion will be 50 this week.

Certainly a lot has been happening even with the strike aside. Firstly the locks keep growing in size. On the southern end of the Nivernais the locks were just 30 meters long. From the summit level north they were 38 meters long. Then when we reached Auxerre they grew to 108 meters.

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Summit level on the Nivernais Canal

Nivernais summit

We have arrived at the Nivernais summit level. Well what a trip this Nivernais canal is turning out to be. It is just beautiful
 with it’s winding course following the l’Aron and l’Yonne rivers. With over 150 locks
the Nivernais is a bit of work too. The V.N.F. (Voies Navigable de France) lock keepers are superb and take all the hard
work out of it. 
Because this canal is shallow we

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A wet Easter on the Briare canal

Wet easter

Well it’s a wet Easter Saturday and the weather should be reasonably good by now!
 But it was raining when we woke this morning and it’s still raining. when we untied at 1pm 
it was raining and it kept raining all day. We tied up in Dompierre sur Besbre at 5:30pm and it was 
still raining. Now don’t get me wrong, after all I’m a Paddy and well used to rain,  and I’m used to wet Easters too, but I thought this sort of rain only occurred in Ireland?

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