Firstly, sorry for not yet blogging this week it’s been a little manic with taxes being due, working and illness.
So mine and my husbands main plan for this year is to sell the house and buy a liveaboard Narrowboat! Sounds a little extreme but it really appeals living life in the slow lane. We have been looking into this for quite some time so my knowledge on narroboats is growing day by day. We are currently in the process of throwing/selling/donating our belongings as we have so much ‘stuff’ to get rid off. Luckily my husband is extremely accommodating when it comes to my pain and fatigue, he has given me a weekly task of throwing 1 bin bag of ‘stuff’ away per week. I have been reading a lovely book called Narrow Margins by Marie Browne which she references this process. I believe she called it ‘life clutter’ which in fact a lot of it is. Stuff we have accumulated over time and do not need or use. We have made a simple rule, if you haven’t used it in the last 6 months then it goes. Currently I have managed 3 bags and my husband helped me with another 5, just in 1 room!!!
We then moved onto the main bedroom to tackle the clothes…. another 5 bags there. We will be donating these to charity as there is nothing wrong with them. We have just bought newer ones or in my case I have put on weight so the others no linger fit. I also have my old ‘greens’ from when I worked for my friends private ambulance company which I have just held onto because I could. Old ice skating attire that I haven’t even looked at in years but it is the memories for me that I find hard to let go however, we have to be ruthless.
Next week the bathroom refit starts and we will be without a toilet or bath/shower for a week as we are amalgamating the 2 rooms into one large one. This is A: to increase the value of the property and B: every estate agent and potential buyer has mentioned this. We are also getting the sealed units fixed that need doing and having our curb dropped for parking on the front. Also, the plan is to have more bin bags of stuff put together to get rid of.
So onto the narrowboat talk… having EDS/PoTs/Fibro etc could potentially make living on a narrowboat difficult. Mainly the getting on and off and days out doing the locks etc. Even with that, it really appeals. The more I read up on it, watch YouTube videos, talk to people, the more we want to do it. It will be like living in a narrow bungalow essentially. Everything will be on 1 level and storage will be easily accessed and it will be… well… different. It will make us more aware of the water, power we use and our waste. I am also hoping living like this will essentially calm us and slow us down. I hate living in the rat race of life, why can’t we enjoy life more and take it easy? For the first year we plan on living on a marina and then hopefully we will be cruising thereafter. We have found a few boats we like the look of and have also been on a few to look around. My first thoughts were that it was a lot less difficult to get onto than I anticipated (I only bumped my head once…result!). However, if I was having a particularly bad day and using crutches/ sticks etc then I am not entirely sure how I would get on. I would like to think we would think of ways to adapt i.e grab handles, not slip surfaces. If this plan comes into fruition then I will of course update you all on this situation 🙂
Since before Christmas we have been scouring the net and visiting marinas in search of the ‘perfect’ boat. We have come across some great and some not so great. We have also found that certain marinas images of the boat do not show the boat up to it’s full potential and equally has been extremely disappointing. I know in my gut that we will find one and we will be happy. I don’t know how or why, I just know.
Anywho… I shall keep you up to date with our progress. I was waiting the other day for a train to pass and snapped this image below. I was in complete envy and wanted to be the one piloting lol!