Ann-Marie finished work last Friday; she's been there for six years and made some very good friends that we'll both miss. It was a day of mixed emotions; she's loved working for the family and farm but it's the final cord that attached us to "normal" life". We're now both jobless & homeless and we don't know how we ever had time to go to work.
We had a terrific time in Keighley with David, Katie, Emma & Matt and their georgeous children. We went on a steam train on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway and walked up the main street (The Hovis Hill).
On Saturday evening we were treated to one of Katie's amazing dinners. We've arranged to meet Katie & David in France and we're really looking forward to it. Thank you guys for everything.
We're now back in Lincolnshire for a couple of days before heading down to see Ann-Marie's sister in Surrey.
When we met we had dreams of a narrowboat but life took over and our boating plans got put on hold. We never forgot our dream though; we borrowed a boat for a couple of trips, had a hire boat holiday and promised that ‘One day we’ll do it’. The kids moved on and moved out and it was just the pension left to tie us. Then Dave got made redundant and the final tie was cut. We needed the money from the house to buy a boat and didn’t want to buy the first one we saw just for somewhere to live, so we bought a campervan. We sold the house and, in a state of freedom between mortgage and mooring fees, went on an eight month friends and relations tour of Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
When we got back we went boat hunting. We found one called Legend that ticked all our boxes and we moved aboard in April 2011. We’re Continuous Cruisers which means we don’t have a permanent mooring and can stay up to 14 days before moving on, so we’re slowly exploring the 2,000 miles of England’s waterways. This is a log of our journey; selling a house and its contents, going around the world and then learning how to live in a tin can. It’s been emotional. It’s been an adventure. It’s still going.