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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Sunday, 7 September 2008



We’re back!! Having spent all of July and most of August driving around Mainland Europe, visiting friends and relatives.

Our first stop was Bavaria, with long time friends of Jacquie and now mine, Agnes and Johann. Next stop was, one time diving and still motor biking chums, Phil and Lynne and there lovely new border terrier, Stanley, in their mountain retreat, in the South of France, got the suntan to last us for the rest of the year there. Onwards to stop with Jacquie’s brother and sister in law, Paul & Penny, who were managing a camp site, also in the South of France. From there to Switzerland, to the shore of Lake Geneva to stay with Tor, a very special relationship, and her husband of nearly a year, Nick. The last few days were spent with Jacquie’s three cousins, from the Belgium side of her family. First was Veerla and her Husband Chris, at the building site of their new home on the French side of the border with Belgium, we were joined there by Hedwig and finally we visited Wilma in Antwerp, before heading back to Calais and the ferry to Dover.

OK!! so now you know why the blog has not been kept up to date and I take this opportunity to thank everyone above for the great time and hospitality you gave us. We had a fabulous time and every day has been logged to remind us of where we were and what we did, but not for the blog.

No rest for the retired, no sooner unpacked and laundry done, than Ashley, Jacquie’s son and his girlfriend Justine arrived having also brought Jacquie’s friend Jacky, with them. We set of almost immediately from Wigrams Turn to Braunston. We lunched in the sunshine on the stern of Skyy near bridge 103. lovely views from there and then dropped Ashley and Justine of by the bridge that leads up to Braunston Manor as Ashley had booked accommodation there as a surprise for Justine, She was beginning to wonder where we were all going to sleep. We moored up just beyond the entrance to the Marina and met them later in the evening at the Plough in Braunston Village.

A & J returned to Braunston Manor for a romantic night and the two Jacs and myself settled down for a cosy night on SKYY.

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