Sometimes in life a few potholes appear.

It has been an awkward couple of weeks. First we went to collect an old camper van from near La Rochelle on the west coast of France. For the price it was in good nick inside and out and had recently passed its CT ( French MOT) so all looked good.

I drove away confidently and all seemed fine for 200 kilometres then lots of black smoke, bad noises and a dead van. I was recovered quickly to a local garage near Tours, but then had to leave it there and get back to the boat.

On Monday when the garage reopened they examined the engine and pronounced it DEAD. This was difficult as I was not able to be there and had to accept the verdict on face value. However, that was not the end of the sorry saga as it later turned out that Peugeot have stopped making that engine so the garage was unable to source a replacement. Nothing has changed whilst I write this, I am trying to get the van transported to near where I am and also trying to locate a replacement engine…oh hum life does throw up some interesting times.

In the meantime I was also having temperature problems with the boat and in the end turned around and headed back to SJDL for a replacement water pump to be fitted.

Even more interesting, but on the bright side we are in France, the weather is good and I have lost 2 stones in weight and feeling good , still smiling and we did enjoy the trip up to Dijon and back again.


Very few boats around and wonderfully peaceful


Three men in a boat on the Soane


Where we going now boss?


This was a double tandem contraption in Dijon, they had a tent with them as well but one guy slept in a hammock slung between the makeshift canopy.  Good luck to them.


and many wonderful sunsets so it could be  lots  worse but not much better.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Henry David Thoreau.

This post was written by Terry Barrett

Photographs by Tes

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