Barging in Europe

Every European summer, for three months, we explore the rivers, canals and towns of Western Europe in our 18m barge, Yavanna. Yavanna is a English wide boat and was built by Pickford & Arnold in Yorkshire. Her first owner who had her built, was by profession a cabinet maker which resulted in the wonderful interior. All the cupboards are made from cherry wood and the tongue and grove ceiling and walls are from Cedar.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cruising in Friesland

It is now 8th July and we have been cruising for a month and loving it. Whilst we were in Aarlsmeer we loaded our barge with supplies, flowers and herbs and prepared to set out on this summer's adventures. Whilst in Aarlsmeer we visited the Blumen Auction which is the largest flower auction in the world. We were just amazed at the size of and the organisation required to get these beautiful flowers sold and distributed around the world within 12 hours.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Yavanna in Holland

This photo was taken in Maarssen on the beautiful Lecht River. We were waiting for Zanna and David to arrive by train so that they could spend a week with us. Our dutch bikes are leaning against each other on the grass. They are wonderful to ride and so much better for our backs.

Entertaining on the deck

We entertain and eat our meals on our wooden deck which can take quite a few people.
Our outdoor furniture folds down and extra chairs can be stored in the front hold.
This happy group on The Midi came for drinks at 5pm and left at midnight.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The wheelhouse

Our wheelhouse is completely demountable and our maximum height including the solar collectors is 3.85 metres. We have done all the famously low bridges in France and have yet to have reason to demount it. There is a fold down wooden table and seats if we wish to eat indoors and the front large window folds down easily to allow cool air on hot summer days. We just pop the old cushion underneath it. Two large tools boxes can be seen underneath it.

Our bathroom

It is wonderful to travel with your own loo and ours is electric and very modern.
The bathroom also has a basin with a cupboard and mirror above it and a terrific shower. The two portholes have a stained glass peacock on each one for privacy.

Carved wooden insert

This carved design is like a vent between our bedroom and the saloon and is near the pot belly. Maybe it is there to allow the heat into the bedroom.

Newel Post

It's the interesting and quality features and finishing off that makes Yavanna so special. This newel post is at the bottom of the stairs and the etched glass door and large window of the bathroom on the right are another lovely addition. My linen cupboard is on the left of the bathroom door.