Baptism, Canal Style

It’s only been a week and this whole canal thing is really testing my patience. According to local folk, you’re not a fully fledged boater until you’ve fell into the drink at least once in your boating life. My fellow boaters call it Baptism.  Today, my engine packed it in. Thankfully I was rescued by […]

Yorkshire Rehab

The assault last week really took the wind out of my sails. I lost a lot of my confidence and was going to resign from my position at the Canal River Trust. I was due to start another (office) job on Monday but I had a panic attack on the way to work. I turned […]

As Big As The Beetles

Standing all day in the one location makes you very aware of your surroundings. I reckon I discovered more in one day than I’ve done in my previous two trips to Liverpool. Liverpool was the first city we visited when we arrived in Britain but I went back once to see an exhibition at The […]

Home Made Laundry Liquid

An alternative to store bought washing liquid without the use of harsh chemicals. Safer on your clothes and body. Safe for use on the canal eco-system.

Read The Label : Demystifying Body Wash

When was the last time you read the back label of a product you purchased? And when was the last time you looked up the ingredients used in that product? As I continue to explore the possibility of living off-grid, so too does my interest in leading a more chemical free existence. Before I get […]

Life On Water: A Boat Buyers Guide

A couple of months ago, I setup another site called All I Can Afford. It’s a website dedicated to those who are looking for an alternative life on the water. For 2 years, I’ve researched everything about narrowboats, hulls, engines, water pressure, alternative power, batteries and toilets…yes toilets, which I spent about 3 months learning […]

Home Made Shampoo v1

As I prepare myself for life on the water, so does my inclination to lead a more natural, chemical free, alternative lifestyle, with more nutritious, organic foods, using ingredients which are kinder to both my body and the canal eco-system. In addition to making jam, I’ve taken an interest in making my own shampoo and […]

Starting Over

When we arrived in Britain, we had no possessions of any kind.  What didn’t fit into one suitcase didn’t come with us. We didn’t really have the money to buy a full lounge suite or even a 2nd hand lounge…so I made one. And besides, it’s more complicated and expensive to travel or relocate the […]

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the reason I made the decision to move to Britain. Just before we immigrated, we went to Asia first. Until this trip, I had seen New Zealand and New Caledonia, smaller trips I did when I was a lot younger but it wasn’t until I visited Bali, that I caught the travel bug. […]

Australia: An Essential Guide

Australia is a very old country dating back 40,000 years at the time of native Aboriginal settlement. British settlement dates back just 230 years. It’s also a very large country in terms of land mass. To put it into perspective, the entire land mass of the UK will fit inside the area of Australia 31 […]

Blogging On The Go

Given how much travel I’m doing around Britain, I took the plunge and bought a Chromebook. It’s essentially a scaled down laptop designed for people on the go. It allows me to write in my blog wherever I am in the world without having to carry around a conventional and heavy laptop. One of the […]

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

With a worldwide reputation for producing steel products, Sheffield is a popular South Yorkshire town located at the foothills of the Peak District National Park. A visit to any town isn’t complete without seeing at least one museum and this trip was no different. I learned about the towns’ industrial heritage, of this former coal […]

York – As old as the Romans

If you want British history, York is a must see. Founded by the Ancient Romans, around 70A.D. York has lasted the test of time and today, its a bustling mecca as people from all over the world come to marvel at the centuries of history. After experiencing rush hour on late Friday afternoon trains in […]

The Lake District

A trip to Britain is not complete without an excursion to the famous Lake District made famous by children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. We drove up on Friday night after work, the trip taking about 2.5 hours. We stayed just north of Lake Thirlmere – in a pub called The Kings Head. It was […]

Cruising The Cut

I first discovered the canals in a childhood fantasy story called Wind in the Willows. It was recorded on cassette tape. The story was so beautifully produced with a narration so convincing that 40 years later, I still have the image of the washer woman telling Toad off about his dishwashing skills. However, of course, […]

B.O.A.T.

B.O.A.T. stands for Break Out Another Thousand. If you’re intending to buy a boat as an alternative way of living, there is a minimum cost to ownership that you need to be aware of. It’s not just a matter of buying a boat and expecting everything to work first go. We spent under £2000 on […]

First Night, First Boat

I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought a boat. It’s older than me, 23 feet long, made of fibreglass, is powered by a 8hp petrol outboard engine and has no heating. At just shy of £2000, she needs a lot of TLC so should keep me occupied over the coming months. Although, as we’re coming […]

Sacrifices

Bike or Boat? That’s the question. Life is all about sacrifices, especially when it’s something you’re passionate about. I’ve really enjoyed my time cycling around Manchester but it’s time for me to sacrifice my bike for my boat. Given I’ll most likely be living on a small fibreglass boat, I really won’t have the space to […]

Chavs

Last week, while working in Ancoats in Manchester, I was verbally and physically assaulted by three teenagers after asking them not to throw their rubbish into the canals. It was mid-term, a cold, windy day and no one about. The assault didn’t leave me physically injured but the trauma of this ordeal has left with […]