Living Afloat: August 2016
In August a dream came through for me. I was able to join and help on a crossing with a Dutch barge from Belgium to London. It was a pleasant experience and I hope to do it again. I made new friends and discovered a different look at barges and how people use them. Many thanks to my English friends!
31th August 2016
We arrived at 9 o'clock in the morning, nearly 29 hours after we left Ostend. It was a great journey with a friendly crew.
30th August 2016
At 3 o'clock this morning, we left Ostend, heading to London. It was a nice journey with no issues. We arrived the next day, 29 hours later in London.
29th August 2016
We had to move the barge back to Ostend. It was a short journey with good weather. One of my neighbours joined for the journey.
27th August 2016
The last bit of the journey. We left the port of Ostend and headed for Bruges.
Entering the Demey lock in Ostend
Leaving the lock. This site was built in 1905.
One of the old warehouses....
The bridge at Plassendale
Heading to Bruges
Sunrise on the canal Ostend-Ghent near Stalhille
26th August 2016
We left Bruinisse in the early morning and head to the Veerse Meer. From there we continued to Middelburg, where we added some more fuel. From Middelburg to Vlissingen was a nightmare. We had to wait 20 minutes before they would open a bridge. There were five bridges, so we lost a lot of time!
Once in Vlissingen, we passed the lock and went over sea to Ostend. Arrived in Ostend, we had a beer and a good meal! A successfully journey. If we didn't had to wait for the bridges in Middelburg, we could have been in Bruges....
A bit foggy in the morning
It was hard to find the right buoy
Wit the sun coming from behind the clouds, the day started beautifully
20th August 2016
I just went to Antwerp with a friend, driving around, looking for boats, wrecks, projects, etc... Had a few beers in some local bars.