Category: Daily Life around the water
10th July 2022 – Today we had the big jump in Plassendale. People jumping in the water to make a statement it should be cleaner. I was aboard the vlet Djoey as standby in case something would go wrong.
2nd June 2022 – We made an evening walk in Ostend. They were dredging the harbour, it reminded me of the old days working on the Musin in the Vuurtorendok when all their equipment was there.
20th May 2022 – Together with my girlfriend, we visited Oostende voor Anker, in the morning we did the barges and little boats. It was raining heavily.
In the evening we made a boat trip. Nice weather, a little breeze and a lot of sun! I must admit that the barges were looking better on the canal then docked alongside each other….
18th May 2022: Some nice barges sailed on the canal for the event Oostende voor Anker .
17th May 2022 – There was a big nautical event in Gorinchem. It is a fair with all the big companies from Holland and some Belgium companies. It was nice to meet some people again, have a drink and a meal!
The previous owner of Tordino was there and he gave some old navigation lights, flags and an anchor!
13th May 2022 – Tomorrow I will deliver the keys to the new owners. I closed down the website watergeus.be and the Facebook page of Watergeus. The website Living Afloat which was intentionally built for people to follow the conversion of the Watergeus will remain online. I’m not leaving the water, still having the Stern and Tordino and living along the water in a canal house…
I will continue to help people with tips and tricks to live on a barge. And who knows, maybe one day I might just buy another one. All my tools are in storage, not thrown away!
For the followers of my blog, not much will change. I hope to start soon on finishing the Stern and in the meantime, you can follow the life on the canal and the museum aboard Tordino.
where it all started in December 2005
18th April 2022 – I can’t remember the days where I walked weekly through the harbour of Ostend for taking pictures. I was in Ostend this evening for a walk with my girlfriend. I took three pictures…
12th March 2022 – Today we visited two cemeteries in Bretagne. The last one was in Douarnenez where we had a good access to the boats. It still intriges me how they were built and how they still last in that condition after all these years.
19th February 2022 – Today I received some bad news. A good friend, Barrie Grant passed away. He was always travelling with his tjalk Silk Purse and was often alongside Watergeus or Tordino. He died while trying to help a neighbour in the marine of Ypres during the storm yesterday. I remember him as a real enthusiastic person, together wit his wife, always giving me a beer and making time for a good chat! He will be missed.
9th January 2022 – The barge is safely moored next to the lock. Water was higher and we managed to get her off. It still took us some time, but at least he ship is safe and there are no leaks! I’m happy for the owner.
8th January 2022: A barge was stuck on the side of the Canal. Heavy winds blew the ship to the side. The sides are very shallow and full of rocks and bricks.
We tried pulling her out with our vlet, but this was not successful. A tractor came to help and we pulled the ship of the rocks. Sadly enough, the wind blew the ship back on it. Since water was still dropping in the canal, we gave up and went home.
6th January 2022 – This evening I went to visit an old neighbour who is now living in the Netherlands. He had some plans and pictures from his barge for my museum. It was a nice evening! Talking to each other, it was bringing back a lot of good memories!
17th December 2021 – I made a big walk along the canal and found some interest in taking pictures of barges again…