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Watergeus – A story that ends today

13th May 2022 – Tomorrow I will deliver the keys to the new owners. I closed down the website 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

Watergeus – Removing the bedroom and cactuses

12th May 2022 – Today I removed the bedroom furniture. These where the first proper pieces put in the Watergeus. I also removed the cactuses from behind the windows, they have been there for nearly 15 years! The bedroom will be reused as firewood and the cactuses will move to Tordino for a second life!

I took some nice pictures of a clean Watergeus, ready for her new owners.



Watergeus – moving stuff

10th May 2022 – Probably one the last days of moving stuff. I just parked my car in the street to fill it. I don’t know where to store it, but at least the boat will be empty in time. 

A friend came who could use some stuff. At least I’m glad I don’t have to throw it away. I had some old traffic lights, dating back from when I had the Brother….

Tordino – Paperwork and objects

7th May 2022 – I ran the engine for one hour and discovered the expansion tank for the water was empty. I don’t have a good feeling with this! Around 15 litres of water was added, we shall see how it goes next time.

A new metal bar was welded so the railing is looking more traditional again and my flower pots are nicely supported.

In the afternoon, I spent most of my time scanning documents and mounting old items like the namesign of the Ross Leopard and the  Frantsis, which was stored aboard the Watergeus for years.

Tordino – Flowers

5th May 2022 – We moved the flowers from the Watergeus to Tordino. It looks much more alive on Tordino now. I will have to do some welding to repair the railing at the back accommodation.

In the evening we had a meeting with the neighbourhood about the future of Plassendale.

Watergeus – Moving more stuff

3rd May 2022 – I drove four times to move stuff from the Watergeus, like my audio system, frames and paintings, pellets, LED lights and the big flower pots from the gangway. I still need to drive several times as far as I can see…

The more I clean the ship  the less it feels like my boat. The Watergeus is  losing it look and feel, but memories will stay! The end of an era is nearby. 

Tordino – Labeling items

1st May 2022 – One of the intentions this year is to label every object so people know at least what they are looking at. I made around 16 meters of labels (two expensive packages of special tape). I hang some more frames of inland vessels as well. 

Tordino – Library

23rd April 2022 – In between visitors, I continued working in the library, adding an extra cupboard and moving a big model. I now have again enough room for one or two years of collecting magazines.

Slowly getting there in optimising storage aboard Tordino.