Category Archives: Canal boat

Au’revoir and Kia Ora. It’s time to chase the Summer south.

It’s that time of year, folks. We have only three more days in France and then homeward bound (to our other home because Silver Fern really does feel like a home now). Someone said it doesn’t feel like we had … Continue reading

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Chalon, Seurre and St Jean de Losne. Even more men behaving badly and a change in the weather.

Tuesday, 13th September. Chalon sur Saône is a superb mooring for provisioning. We picked new sheets, pillows etc plus some groceries. It was hot with a southerly wind off the desert. No swimming in Chalon though. Too many boats! Chalon … Continue reading

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Lyon, Belleville, Tournus and Chalon. The beautiful Saône River.

Thursday September 8th. We left Lyon, turning ‘a droit’ up the Saône, back the way we had come. I was a bit reluctant to leave, I loved feeling part of the hustle and bustle of the city while having our … Continue reading

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Mâcon, Belleville, Travoux and where the Saône meets the Rhône, the beautiful Lyon

  Wednesday 31 August We were woken by a boat leaving port at 6am this morning. By 7.30 we were up, showered and ready to go. There is a handy fuel quay here in Mâcon’s Port de Plaisance so we … Continue reading

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Chalon sur Saône marché, an unexpected night on the Seille river and on to Mâcon.

Sunday, August 28. We left Chalon at 10.30 after visiting the excellent market that is centred on the Place St Vincent and then meanders down the side alleys. Lots of fruit and vege stalls plus fish, sausage and artisanal cheese … Continue reading

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St Jean de Losne to Seurre and Chalon sur Saône. 35°+ Phew!

Thursday 25 August. As forecasted this week we are having a bit of a heatwave. Temperatures round 35° (inside and outside) and as usual very little breeze. Much as we love the St Jean de Losne marina it can get … Continue reading

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Plombiére-les-Dijon to St Jean-de-Losne on the Saône river.

Wednesday 10 August. Plombiére was a good mooring. No power or water available, at least where we were, which is surprising considering it’s a reasonable size. There are very dilapidated electrical points but they don’t work. The lockeeper showed up … Continue reading

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An International Incident. Bad behaviour on the canals…

The day started so well. Who knew the palaver that was to follow. Here’s what happened… The morning was cooler when we woke in Pouillenay. We had agreed with the lockeepers that we would have a 9am start as we … Continue reading

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Plans, plans, plans…It’s that time of year again…

Plans, plans, plans! We’ve been making loads of plans, booking flights and trains, hotels and apartments. We are almost ready to fly off to Europe again. Daylight saving started here in New Zealand today and Autumn is in the air, … Continue reading

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Cruising on the Nivernais. Vincelles to Clamecy.

It’s a chilly morning here in Chatel Censoir, but the sun is shining and the wind has died down somewhat. When I last wrote we were moored in Vincelles having made our plan D. And this is still the plan. … Continue reading

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