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About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!

St Jean de Losne to Auxonne. The sun came out.

So we’ve been in our home port of St-Jean-de-Losne for two weeks now and we were planning on heading out on our next adventure today but although we finally have our water pump issue sorted at long last (am I … Continue reading

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Forget Spring. It feels like Winter.

Apparently we missed Summer. It was lovely but only lasted a week. Since we arrived in France it’s back to rainy cold days with thunderstorms and lightening. I love a good storm but this winter blast is no fun. I’m … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Autumn, Bonjour au Printemps.

Autumn is here in New Zealand although you wouldn’t know it by the weather! The colours in Christchurch’s Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens are spectacular. But Alan and I are off to France on Sunday for our next adventure. … Continue reading

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Back to the Southern Hemisphere!

Home again! We’ve been back in New Zealand a few weeks now and the weather is starting to look more like spring after some quite wintery temperatures. Personally I love the coolness and we are enjoying all that the Garden … Continue reading

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Who can resist a French market?

I just can’t resist the French markets! Both taking photos and making a few well-considered purchases. Here are a few shots of our last market of the year. The covered market in Dole. 

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The Jura. Last leg of our 2017 trip.

Brrr! It was only 8° when we cast off from our mooring in Dole on Friday. A lovely sunny day to start but there were a lot of dark grey clouds looming on the horizon. And of course it started … Continue reading

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Auxonne, Dole & Rochefort. Heatwaves and thunderstorms. 

August 24 Thursday Daughter Georgie and her partner Chris arrived to visit us, travelling from Santorini to Auxonne via most modes of transport known to man including planes trains and automobiles. They arrived to a bit of a heatwave here … Continue reading

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Vraincourt to Auxonne. Happy to back on the Saône River. 

August 12 Saturday.  The first half of August has been more like October, weather-wise. It was only 14° as we headed away from Vraincourt at 9am and the temperature didn’t warm up. It felt as if we were the only … Continue reading

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Chalons-en-Champagne to Vraincourt. Farewell to vineyards.

July 27-August 5, Chalons-en-Champagne. As I mentioned in my last post the Canal Entre Champagne et Bourgogne had a bridge closure, stopping all traffic for about 10 days and so we tied up on one of the pontoons in Chalons … Continue reading

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Mareuil sur Ay to Chalons en Champagne via Reims. 

Saturday July 22nd. It was a long day. We departed Mareuil-sur-Ay early, 8am, in convoy with the Australian boat Le Piglet. We were both heading up the Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne to Sillary. Along this shortish canal the … Continue reading

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