Y is for Year

Come the 17th, it will be a year since we locked up the cottage for the last time and handed over the keys for someone else.
Digital CameraOur back garden and the Bramley apple tree in full blossom.

A lot has happened in that year.
We have discovered that we don’t need material things and getting rid of our surplus ‘stuff’ has been a good thing.
We are no longer encumbered by things that we hoarded for no more reason than having them, and quite honestly I feel we are the better for it.

Speaking of better, we have survived a winter in a totally different environment and have remained healthy (albeit with a little excess poundage recently) living a life of simplicity. We are grateful that it was a mild one for our first, enabling us to find our feet, experiment and learn without wasting money or resources.

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I have been able to visit my Mum on a regular basis which has thus put a lot of my emotional ‘baggage’ into perspective. To some extent that has given me peace of mind rather than my mind being in pieces from self doubt and not knowing what was happening, being kept in the dark, and being blamed for things beyond my control.
mum and meDo I miss the house ?
No, in all honesty, I don’t. I certainly don’t miss mowing the uneven lawn, fighting with fence panels after heavy winds, the noise from the main road, inconsiderate neighbours and the jets .
I miss the convenience of having a washing line and owning a washing machine though, and on rainy days being able to just let Maggie out in the garden for a wee instead of having to don full waterproofs and take her up to the dog walk to perform.

However idyllic you may think it is, Boat Living isn’t all peace and tranquility, river trips and enjoying Nature at close range.

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There are fees to pay, licences to buy, boat safety certificates to pass and insurance is compulsory for taking any boat anywhere on the water.
For live-aboards like us, residential or not, there are also local taxes to pay.
It also entails maintenance, co-ordination and co-operation when working and living in a confined space, teamwork, tolerance, tidiness and making allowances.
It means thinking twice about buying anything, and instead of our previous
‘Do I want it?’,
‘Do I need it?’ and
‘Will my life end if I don’t have it’ pre-purchase questions to self, it is now
‘Can I wear it?’,
‘Can I eat it?’ and
‘Where will we put it?’
layoutWe have made new friends, people we would never normally have met, but there is no class distinction here, we are all simply Boat Owners. Everyone is friendly with no hidden agenda and happy to impart their knowledge, pass on the benefit of their experience and help out if they can if asked.

I can understand why people who have lived on boats for a while have no intentions of going back to a house.
Home comes in many guises, but is where the heart (and Hubby and dog) is.
paul and mags sept 2010 2


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Y is for Year

  1. DM says:

    hanging out with mom is also grounding for me, and I love the “no class distinction” aspect of living in a boat. 🙂

  2. colinandray says:

    What a wonderful tribute to “the simpler life”! Loved it! 🙂

  3. A year already? Good heavens, P, how has the time passed so quickly? And the three of you have all smushed so much learning into such a small amount of time.
    I so admire you and your spirit of adventure mixed with practicality.
    Your new home has become a warm place I see you thriving in each week, and it makes me feel so good to know you’re all happy with the Waterworld homestead. It seems like you’ve made a good fit.
    Here’s to the next many lovely years aboard!

    • Thanks Shelley. Although we don’t celebrate a year aboard until the end of July (I’m hoping for something special to mark that milestone), it’s hard to believe it’s 12 months since closing the door on our des res. The weeks in between were fraught with house hunting and being priced out of the property market. Although it may have seemed a bit drastic at first, we are happy here and enjoying life. 🙂

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