Hull maintenance in Zelzate

29th September – 23rd October 2020 As we left the marina at Spanjeveer dawn was breaking on a lovely late September day. We were on our way to have the hull pressure washed and repainted – part of the five yearly maintenance programme. The Moervaart was glorious in the early light, and we shared theContinue reading “Hull maintenance in Zelzate”

Late August in the region of Antwerp

Canals Bocholt-Herentals, Dessel-Turnhout-Schoten, Albert, Nete (and river Beneden-Nete) and Leuven-Dijle 18th to 31st August 2020 It was a Tuesday when we left the Blauwe Kai area in Limburg region and moved into the Antwerp province. The latter had been having a bit of a coronavirus spike, especially in Antwerp itself, but we felt safe isolatedContinue reading “Late August in the region of Antwerp”

Voyaging on through Eastern Limburg

Albertkanaal (a little), Kanaal Briegden-Neerharen, some of Zuidwillemsvaart and Kanaal Borcholt-Herentals, plus Kanaal de Beverlo 8th to 17th August 2020 Up we came through Visé lock and back onto the Albert Kanaal, with El Perro Negro not far behind. It was a boiling hot day – well up to 36C – and part of aContinue reading “Voyaging on through Eastern Limburg”

Lower Reaches of the Meuse (or Maas) in Belgium ….

… with a little bit of the Albert Canal, and the two tiny canals of Monsin and Haccourt-Visé 28th July – 7th August 2020 We were back on the Meuse after a year and a month. Last time we came downstream from France and turned off at Namur. This time we popped out of theContinue reading “Lower Reaches of the Meuse (or Maas) in Belgium ….”

From Blaton to Namur; a journey of 3 canals

22 – 27 July 2020 Canals Nimy-Blaton-Peronne, du Centre, and Brussels-Charleroi As we left the Ath-Blaton Canal at Blaton and joined the Nimy-Blaton-Peronnes our hearts sank a little; we were leaving a narrow-gauge rural canal for the width of the commercial , industrial, super highway canal system again. But we needn’t have worried, al leastContinue reading “From Blaton to Namur; a journey of 3 canals”

Upstream on the Dender and on to the Ath-Blaton Canal

6th to 22nd June 2020 This journey was both tranquil with at times a challenging edge, as you will discover! It was well worth the effort; there are several places I would stay at longer next time through. The previous blog had us arriving on the Dender from the Boven-Zee-Scheldt and mooring up here justContinue reading “Upstream on the Dender and on to the Ath-Blaton Canal”

Kortrijk to Dendermonde – on the Leie and the Scheldt

The continuing adventures of Calliope, with observations from the wheelhouse in italics. 28th June – 6th July 2020 It is interesting how new cruising seasons begin. There is always a certain amount of apprehension, re-learning the maritime tricks that were so familiar 6 months ago (or in this case over 9 months ago because ofContinue reading “Kortrijk to Dendermonde – on the Leie and the Scheldt”

Calliope check – two winter trips to Kortrijk

The December Trip – shopping During the 5 month winter season we made two trips out to check on Calliope – and to enjoy the city of Kortrijk too. The first trip was in December. We had thoughts of enjoying a Christmas Market and buying some unusual presents for all and sundry – that bitContinue reading “Calliope check – two winter trips to Kortrijk”

Winding our way to our winter mooring

27 September – 10 October 2019 We were taking the long autumnal way round. We had left Kortrijk in late August and set off on a loop of northern Belgium and France, in order to arrive back where we started and tie up for the winter. Now we were on the last lap, crossing borders,Continue reading “Winding our way to our winter mooring”

Moving on from Ypres to Veurne

23rd to 26th September 2019 This was the last few days in Belgium before we slipped out into France for a week – then to return to Belgium for the winter. But more of that later. Two days was not really long enough to do Ypres justice, but we had our winter mooring to getContinue reading “Moving on from Ypres to Veurne”