Under Attack

Right, lets get straight into this. I have never been a fan of spiders nor will I ever be, they are horrible, they have far to many legs, they are hairy and quite simply pure evil.Now I don't profess to know that much about these evil little bastards but after a year...

Winter Update

As we near the end of our first Winter on Elsa Born Free, I thought it would be time to send an update on our adventures over the last 4 months.The most common question over this time of the year is "aren't you cold over winter" the answer is no, Elsa has central...

Merry Christmas

A festive greeting to all of you, sorry for the "radio" silence over the last few months but life has been nothing short of hectic since the end of summer. We have been on Elsa for going on 8 months now but it seems like we only moved in...

There and back again – Leg 2

The big day has arrived and after spending a few days in London we are ready to take on the Thames (Limehouse to Kingston) I must be honest now and say that I am very nervous, Limehouse Lock looks to be a beast and what lies beyond the lock walls does not...

There and back again – Leg 1

Friday the 13th arrives and we are ready for our trip down to the Thames (heading for the Kingston area), we have allocated 2 weeks for a round trip and looking forward to the challenge. We arranged for our neighbours and friends (Colin & Audrey) to join us for...

A Great Weekend

I know it has been a while but life tends to get away from us at the best of times. We have been very busy doing odd boat jobs and having people over since the last post, time has not been on our side. Our most recent guests have been my brother and sister...

One Month Later

Wow, already one month on the barge, things seem to be moving so fast, is it age, are our lives just far too busy, when last did we stop to pay attention to our surroundings, to remain silent and simply listen and observe. We live in a world that is driven...

Training Weekend

The weekend of our helmsman course has now come and gone, our bodies are tired (our muscles were protesting) but we have learned so much and have been thankful for the experience. The more we use what we have learned, the more experience we will gain and...

Noises, Noises, Noises

Righty, so it has been three weeks on Elsa and there is so much to talk about but in this instance let me tell you about "Scary Noises" This is taking a while to get used to :- Shower Pump :- A shower pump is quite simple, it is designed to pump water out...

Maiden Voyage

It has been a little over a week and with Sonia's sister visiting it is time to take Elsa out all on our own (we have been out a number of times but always with some external assistance). Engine check - done Weed hatch check - done Anchor check - done...

A Few Days On Elsa

Righty, so we have been on board for about 4 days so far and although we have had some challenges and scares we are very happy with our decision. Challenges you say, what could possibly be challenging ???? the biggest one to date (it has only been 4 days)...

First Night On Elsa

The morning of Saturday the 28th of April arrives, (moving in day) we were faced with a daunting task of moving our entire lives onto Elsa Born Free whilst absorbing all of the changes and choices that we have made. An early morning call from our friends...