Narrowboats, craft shops and my upcoming birthday: Weekend Coffee Share

Narrowboats! I love them!

It’s been a while since I shared a more personal post, and I do like to write them every so often. When I started this blog, it was always my intention to share little snippets of my life, especially now I don’t really use Facebook.

Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee, the first thing I would tell you excitedly, would be that last weekend I was on a narrowboat. I finally met up with my friend Lou and had a very pleasant couple of hours chatting, drinking tea and making a fuss of Maeve.

On the day I visited Lou, it was a sunshine and showers kind of day. Lou lit the wood burning stove and it was very cosy in the lounge area, even with the door open! It is quite normal for boaters to do that. A narrowboat usually warms up quickly with the fire going and opening the door or windows in all weathers is standard.

a pot of purple flowers on the front deck of a narrowboat with other narrowboats in the distance
Not a view I ever expected to see – looking out the bow door of Lou’s narrowboat

Lou has a new YouTube channel about her life onboard (link at the end of this post).

I may have mentioned once or twice that my ultimate dream would be to own a narrowboat. It is by no means an easy life, but it has its rewards. You have to give up much of what we take for granted in our modern lives, such as an endless supply of running water and mains electricity. What you get in return is the ability to move your home through ever changing scenery, nature on your doorstep, plenty of exercise and increased confidence for a start.

Lou had quite an adventure when she bought her first narrowboat as she had to move it hundreds of miles to her final home mooring. She was helped by her friend Robbie, who documented the journey on his vlogs. I will also link to his channel at the end of this post.

Show and tell

When I met Lou, I was also delighted to be introduced to her friend Shee of 53Crafts. Shee lives on a narrowboat as well, and she has just opened an Etsy shop to sell her fabulous handmade crafts. If I had an ultimate, ultimate, dream then it couldn’t be better than that. When my husband and I talked about living on a boat, we always said that he should learn how to make rope fenders and I would sell other trinkets to the tourists. Handicrafts and narrowboats seem to go well together. I will put all the links down below if you would like to go shopping.

My show and tell item is therefore my new keyring, handmade by Shee on her narrowboat. It is a miniature rope fender – the perfect reminder of my lovely day, and representation of my dream life.

multicolour paracord mini fender keyring made by 53 Crafts

Make and do

This brings me nicely on to some of the things I have been making and doing. I am trying to take my crochet up a notch or two, by experimenting with new designs of granny squares, in an effort to make my blankets a bit less random. In the past I have seen yarn I like and bought just one ball and that has resulted in a collection of yarn that isn’t enough for any large-scale project (unless it is a mishmash blanket). Therefore, I had to buy MORE yarn. I had a quick compare of online shops and decided that the best place for me was Love Knitting. I had discount on my order, free p&p because it was over £25, and my yarn arrived in next to no time, presented in beautiful organza bags.

a very contented woman cuddling lots of balls of wool or yarn in organza bags
Money can’t buy happiness … but it can buy yarn and that’s almost the same thing 😊

Maths homework

I calculated that my current Mile a Minute blanket is going to take at least nine hours work. If I was to charge minimum wage, plus the cost of materials, it would be £90 before I even thought about overheads.

a piece of pastel coloured crochet on a black background

I don’t sell my blankets at the moment, because most of them end up being donated to charities, such as the dementia ward at a local hospital. If I was to think of selling, then it would be very hard to find someone willing to pay that amount of money. What do you think? Handmade isn’t cheap, but people who don’t create anything handmade don’t seem to know the reason why!

Some of my donations to charity

Balloon day

Tomorrow is my birthday – yay! I will get balloons on my Twitter page. It will be my final year of being able to say that I am in my forties. I am hoping when I reach the big 5-0 in 2020 that life will be treating me much better by then. Fingers crossed. Who knows what I will be writing next year? Maybe I will be describing a big lottery win and subsequent move onto a narrowboat.

Link list

Here’s the list of links if you want to shop from a narrowboater or see some vlogs about narrowboat life:

Shopping:

53 Crafts https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hello53crafts

Art by AnnaMarie https://artbyannamarie.com/

Constanze Creations – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ConstanzeCreations

These are all the narrowboat vlogs I like to watch:

Lou (MaeveNMe) – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsciO3h5_pXjCJR2ABMRTmA – I am so excited that Lou now has her own channel. Before she started making vlogs of her own it was only possible to catch up via Robbie’s channel below …

Robbiehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJASnkUsECmCJdfkmoD8AAw – the first channel I binge watched – CRANK IT! Robbie writes his own soundtrack for his vlogs, which I love, and he has a special Pub of The Week feature.

Narrowboat Journeys – Phil uploads lots of real time journeys with a soundtrack of his own hauntingly relaxing music – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYIt9Ra8G6FbeJ4J0tp4mBQ

The Narrowboat Experience – home of Art by AnnaMarie – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UColROazA5P9QBS8fR5tkyGg/about – spend time with Kath and Anna-Marie, plus their two cats. Their beautifully filmed vlogs are just a joy to watch.

Floating our Boat – home of Constanze Creations – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGjuRum4UNI1NqeDm8YSyOQ – I fell in love with this channel as soon as it was born and the theme tune is one of my favourites. Fran and Rich share a lot of useful information about their alternative lifestyle especially about being eco-friendly.

Negatively Buoyanthttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-wvg2Q7lwJppAVmAxCwJmg/videos – another channel I fell in love with from the start. Join Matt and Jo on their travels, and for the occasional DIY and housekeeping video.

London Boat Girl – Lorna tells us what it is like to live on a boat in London and has made some brilliant comedy sketches too –https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8F_D7bO2ydCZ_9hK3i-yrQ

Minimal List – lots of great time lapse, plenty of chat and a journey to remember on the tidal Thames – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ1_CKxovjYVXkpNCLOjrbA

Both Cruising the Cuthttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6SNxiLzSlh8e0yjndE9o_A – and Journey with Jonohttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8bkF-v3-Foi9ps9h1D06hA – have a lovely documentary style vlog that I find enjoyable.

Last but not least, Foxes Afloat – congratulations to Colin and Shaun on the launch of their new boat yesterday! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkaFsF378jNuL2xmZMH9knQ

What I also love about these narrowboat YouTubers is that they often meet up and make superb collaborations, and the friendships really shine through.

I started watching YouTube because I couldn’t find much to watch on TV that was positive. All these channels leave me with feel good vibes, so I hope you enjoy them too.

Related post: https://marieceline.co.uk/armchair-travel

Thanks for reading 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Narrowboats, craft shops and my upcoming birthday: Weekend Coffee Share”

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  2. Bernard Weatherley

    It must be in the blood. Canal water that is. Its good to dream. Hope you are having a good birthday whatever you are doing.

  3. Living on a narrow boat sounds interesting. I’m not sure I could do it, but who knows. 😀 Happy early birthday to you! I hope it’s a great one! 🎈

    1. It’s a very different lifestyle and doesn’t suit everyone, but we’ve had several holidays on narrowboats and loved it. Thanks for the birthday wishes 🌼

    1. 😂 haha. There’s a canal near you isn’t there? Honestly Kath if we had the opportunity to have a boat I’d be there before you could blink xx

  4. I’d totally support you opening a shop and selling your crafts, they’re so nice!! Maeve is so cute 🤩 that picture on the boat is so lovely and peaceful. I hope you have a nice birthday Marie 🎂🎈

    1. Aw thanks Geraldine 😊
      Maeve was an absolute darling 🥰
      Ah yes it was lovely on the boat, even though it wasn’t out in the countryside it was very calm and peaceful. Thanks for the birthday wishes 🌼

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