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All change

Well, here’s a long-overdue update! I can’t believe it’s been 10 months since I last posted to this blog. So much has changed since then…but I’ll keep this short. First and foremost – Swallow was sold back in February. After a few viewings, the perfect owner came along and, understandably, fell in love with her. …

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Planning my route

The weather is getting colder and nastier with every passing day and I’ve decided that I need to set off moving my boat in a couple of weeks’ time. The engine is (nearly) fixed, the electrics are (nearly) in and despite dreams of cruising a finished houseboat down the canals at a leisurely pace, I’m …

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Narrowboat bagua

Can you do Feng Shui on a narrowboat? I thought I’d try, by applying a Feng Shui bagua (an ‘energy map’) to a plan of little Swallow. The idea of a bagua is that it shows you where the different ‘energies’ in your home lie, so you can ensure you’re making the best of each …

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First night aboard

As the day drew to an end and the sun dropped lower over the fields opposite, I packed away my tools and wood and began to potter about the boat, making it as cosy as possible for my first night aboard. The day’s playful swallows were replaced, first by a flock of geese, calling to …

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Jumble sale

My flat has been a jumble sale for the past week, as I tried to get rid of my possessions. At first, this was kinda fun, but after a couple of days, living in a junk shop with *stuff* everywhere was starting to grate. By Sunday Emma and I had had enough. We called around …

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Swallow

I’ve been re-thinking the future name of my boat. She was called Tingletrees when I bought her but we’re just calling her ‘the boat’ for now…I don’t want to rename her until she’s all finished and lovely and I can move on board.) Page of Cups had been the favourite until Sunday, when I started …

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Downsizing (1)

Okay. So I rent a tiny flat in Todmorden – it’s not like I have a house full of stuff accumulated over a lifetime the way some people do. But still, moving from a land-lubbing home to a teeny tiny boat is a major downsizing project. I’ve got a wardrobe plus baskets plus boxes plus …

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