Mike and Judith Annan love travelling. After nearly a decade touring the world in their Mercedes motorhome, they’ve now started to explore the canal network in a floating moterhome. Now there’s a lifestyle to envy!
I am Mike Annan and my wife is Judith.
we were fortunate in being able to retire early with a clear plan of what we wanted. We sold up in the Uk and bought a small holiday home in France and a Mercede’s based motorhome. For 9 years we travelled the whole of Europe, the Arctic Circle and North Africa. Then we drove to Beijing via Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Krygyzstan and back via Mongolia and Russia. The following year we were off again to Nepal via Iran, Pakistan and India. The longer trips took 7 or 8 months. We realised that our trips became more and more difficult. We could not return to Libya, Egypt, Iran, Syria etc. so what shoule we do? A widebeam or narrowboat seemed the answer and a narrowboat posed fewer restrictions so here we are.
Our boat is called La Licorne after my favourite character Tintin.
Yes at Yardley Gobion just 12 minutes from our flat. Kingfisher Marina is a small private Marina north of Milton Keynes. It is quiet, secure and has good pontoon mooring. There is an adjacent boat yard with diesel, pumpout and drydock. What more could you want?
Definetely not! Retiring early was the best thing I ever did. However I have recently written a novel which has been accepted for publication, and we are both doing OU courses.
Rude and noisy boaters!
Freedom, peace, quiet and the many friendly boaters.
Having spent 6 months finding our ideal boat I am not sure I can answer that.
Walk, bus or taxi it has not been that difficult.
We have a washing machine run off our 3.5 travelset generator.
Having had 9 years with a Thetford we decided on a pump out.
Can you live without the internet, the Ipad, or the Iphone? We cannot so we have a 3G Wifi set up. That seems to work fine.>
The stretch of the GU between Foxton and Watford.
Twin alternators, p,us a new Victron Inverter. No idea what we use but it works.
Look, look and look again.
Winter that’s when we fly South to warmer climates.
Here’s the La Licorne blog. You can read it here.
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