26th December 2023 – We went to Douai to take some pictures of the spits barges moored in the area. I took over 400 pictures of at least 300 barges!
Category: Daily Life around the water
I had some very busy weeks. I will update the site as soon as I can!
7th October 2023 – As an annual daytrip, we went to Maassluis to the event Furieade. Visited some ships, the museum and made a boat trip. I came home with books, frames, some decoration for the museum, etc… A day very well spent.
26th August 2023 – We made a small walk in the harbour of Ostend. Took a few shots of the remaining fishing fleet….
20th August 2023 – The Terra Nova serves as an example to me. It is a perfect maintained ship with a nice set of colours. I used it for the Watergeus, Stern and Tordino. It are typical inland barge colours used in the Netherlands.
7th August 2023 – We made a small walk in the harbour. I only took pictures of one ship, the O.33 Marbi.
7th August 2023 – At lunch time, the news came to me that the Jogo 2 has sunk in the river Schelde near Dendermonde. We don’t know yet what happened but on the two occasions I was aboard, I met a fine crew on a fine ship.
4th August 2023 – We visited the museum in Dunkirk, including the tall ship and a lightvessel.
25th June 2023 – I had some friends visiting Tordino. They arrived yesterday evening with their tjalk and will stay until tomorrow. We had a few drinks, a good chat and a journey with the Djoey on the canal… A day well spent!
2nd June 2023 – We visited Oostende voor Anker. I was a bit disappointed with the amount of vessels you could see, never mind visit…
21st May 2023 – We made a walk in the evening, something we now and then do. It was a hobby since I was 14 years old to take pictures of the fishing vessels, and now I just continue taking pictures…
21st December 2022 – This afternoon I visited the houseboats in Anderlecht. Not much has changed since last time. It is surprising to see how these ships still exist.
15th November 2022 – I had the chance of visiting two skippers in Ghent. Both of them had some very nice stuff for the museum. Both of them retired a few years ago and the boats they were talking about were ships I’ve known in service and seen converted into houseboats. Interesting to talk about the past of these vessels!
11th October 2022 – I managed to visit the scrapyard in Antwerp through the help of a friend. I ended up with some paperwork and a nice ‘spoelbak’, a metal box to do the dishes outside.
Afterward, we went to his place where he gave me many documents and a nice model of an otter for the museum.
10th October 2022 – We walked around in Ronquieres, paid a visit to the houseboats and then went along the old canal, looking at the abandoned locks and the lock keeper houses. It was a nice day!