September 2017

I’m trying something new – basically a diary – but I can’t find a template that I like, so each day I will add a new day above the previous ones and publish every day. Let’s see if it works! or, if you know of a good diary template that I can share, please tellContinue reading “September 2017”

And then we had visitors!

During the summer Calliope enjoyed becoming a hotel boat! From mid June to mid August we had friends and family aboard for 30 days out of 60 days, and felt quite dazed as a consequence!  It was lovely; our plan when buying the boat was that it would be a pleasant place for people toContinue reading “And then we had visitors!”

Short Stretches – Montech, Montauban and our first 10kms of le Tarn.

It was so great to have some of the family with us for the 9 locks, 1 overnight stop, and 10 kilometres of l’embranchement (canal) de Montech. It also gave us the chance to drop down onto the Tarn and experience some river boating – in all weathers as you will discover. On the returnContinue reading “Short Stretches – Montech, Montauban and our first 10kms of le Tarn.”

Looking back – Canal de Garonne from West to East

Funny the things you see when you are heading on the opposite direction! For example we found beetles amassing at Le-Mas-d’Agenais on the old walls of the village.   And I found time to walk across Le-Mas-d’Agenais bridge in the day time and take a mid-Garonne selfie.             The bridge isContinue reading “Looking back – Canal de Garonne from West to East”

Our grande finale on Canal de Garonne

Text in italics is from Captain Stu – I take no responsibility! After a great weekend in Agen we left on a grey day, heading for the viaduct. At the bridge we saw two spots of red – one each side. On the right was the expected red lock light; on the left was the red of aContinue reading “Our grande finale on Canal de Garonne”

Heading l’Oeust from Moissac to Agen – Canal de Garonne part 3

Leaving Moissac, and the operator of the swing bridge spies us out of her little green window, sopping the traffic for Calliope to glide through. First three kilometres alongside le Tarn, then a huge widening of the river waters as le Tarn joins la Garonne. The Garonne continues next to the canal for another five kilometres,Continue reading “Heading l’Oeust from Moissac to Agen – Canal de Garonne part 3”

Stowaways – Canal de Garonne part 2

When I got back to Grisolles from my weekend in the UK I was in the company of our friend Hilary – first guest of 2017.  What I had not realised is that there were two additional ‘passengers’, who emerged to take the sun on day two! They were welcome to join us on the twoContinue reading “Stowaways – Canal de Garonne part 2”

Onward and slightly upward – Canal de Garonne part one

We entered the Canal de Garonne on a fine April afternoon, having expected to spend the night in the Port d’Embourchure at Toulouse because of a canal closure. However jst as we were picking our spot for the night our friendly eclusier Henri appeared and waved to let us know that the canal had re-opened;Continue reading “Onward and slightly upward – Canal de Garonne part one”

Midi Addendum

I’ll start with an apology. The Midi blog did not complete the Midi. So here is an addendum.   After three days in Toulouse we were ready to cut loose, nice city though it is – see the brief Toulouse bloggette. We made navigation plans, got the sextant ready, took readings from the stars, andContinue reading “Midi Addendum”

Remainder of the Midi – L’Oestward to Toulouse

We’re off! It’s been nice having a slow start to the season – we feel that the boat is prepared, the kitchen stocked, and the wine cellar full, but the crew are now restless and wanting to feel the movement of the boat beneath their feet. We left Castelnaudary and immediately the views South acrossContinue reading “Remainder of the Midi – L’Oestward to Toulouse”