Take Seven 23rd April

It’s Friday!

Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week of reminiscence.

Our words were:
affordable, biggest, blown, circumstances, crockery, drastic, everything, furniture, home, kind, left, option, packing, personal, poetry, possessions, serene, simple, standard, travel, wealth.

It was a simple life. Comfortable, cosy, and affordable, and also one of the biggest learning curves in our lives.
With house prices running away from us, it was the best option, and as well as buying a home of a different kind, it bought us time.
It was a shock having sold most of our furniture already as we were intending to downsize, but that downsizing was more drastic than anyone could have imagined, and all we had left was our clothes, a few personal possessions, two cars (one of which ended up being used as a store), a microwave, two saucepans, a frying pan, and a set of crockery, the plates of which were disposed of because they were too big for the cupboard. We had to purchase a travel kettle as one of a standard size would have blown the electrics.
Moving out of a detached 3 bed, 2 reception, conservatory, garage and large gardened property to a 41 foot 6’10 wide narrow boat was different. Very.
But you know, once we settled in, it was a good life.
We had everything we needed, and we discovered that a little was enough. We already didn’t have a TV, but we had a laptop with DVD drive so could watch the DVDs we’d decided to keep. Over 300 DVDs and videos were given away to charity shops and those we kept were de-cased and put in albums for easy storage. It worked.
We made friends, true friends who weren’t interested in our wealth (or lack of it), backgrounds and what cars we drove. We all had a boat, and that made us ‘family’.
Holidays were great, no packing, just untie the ropes and push off up river. What took an hour in the car would take four days by boat. It was a different world. Peaceful, quiet, serene and tranquil, perfect for photographs, poetry or sketching.
We’d have no problems self isolating on the boat. Many times we wish we still were, but circumstances and health changed, so we sold up. But we wouldn’t change those three years for anything.
Our Home 2014 -2017,
Berthed opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre,  Stratford Upon Avon, July 2016.


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 Take Seven 23rd April

  1. Chris Hall says:

    What a splendid adventure you both had, Di! I fondly remember canal boat holidays back in the UK, even those when it rained all week 🙂

  2. murisopsis says:

    A true adventure!

  3. Carol anne says:

    It must’ve been a fine life on the boat! ❤

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