Ruth’s Boat Adventure: Episode One


Hello! It’s been a long time, but I’m finally resurrecting my blog. Hopefully this will be the first post of many to come 🙂

The “Big News” in my life at the moment is that i’m moving house… which, as it’s the 8th time in 8 years wouldn’t be that interesting, except that this time i’m moving on to a houseboat on the river Thames. And as people I mention this to seem either baffled or fascinated by my decision, I thought I’d try writing about it. Here goes!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and to some extent I’m still not. Some context: It’s a Dutch Barge, which means it’s pretty big – 75ft long by 12 wide, approximately. There are three bedrooms, and it has most of the same stuff you’d find in a flat – wifi, washing machine, central heating, TV etc – with the added bonus that you can open the window straight on to the water and feed the ducks in your pyjamas.  I’ve had the keys for almost a week now, but I’m still in the process of moving in whilst we clear out our current house, and the main things i’ve learnt this week are these:

1. It’s really hard to move all your stuff in when the local council decides to dig up the tow path outside your new floating abode.

2. It’s even harder when you can’t park your car nearer than 250 metres away and across a busy main road and it’s pouring down with rain.

3. No matter how often I remind myself that there’s a low door frame on the boat’s main entrance, I will smack my head into it each and every time I leave the boat, probably until the day I move out. Ouch.

4. There’s a surprising amount of storage in my seemingly small room. The classic ‘cabin’ design means that i’ve got loads of extra storage underneath the bed, as well as around the room. Not only does it fit all of my precious books, but my ridiculous amount of clothes (according to my boyfriend, that is…) too. Bonus!

5. My landlord (owner of the tea barge on the opposite bank) does a great cooked breakfast and I already suspect this might become a weekend tradition.

Now that I’m mostly moved in, I’m looking forward to finally getting settled properly next week, and I’m sure I will have lots to learn about how everything works (water filters, anyone?). For now, though, I’m just pleased that I’ve not fallen in the river yet. Those of you that know me and my complete lack of co-ordination, balance and spatial awareness, I’m sure you’ll all agree that this is an impressive achievement!

I’m sure it’s only a matter of time…


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