Since running around like a daft one trying to fix the lock, fixed now thanks for asking and by me yet it actually works, so there is something, I have been trying to sleep it off. My slight migraine appears when I am overtired so instead of joining the museum staff for a get together I lie here asleep writing this.
Luckily it means I can reveal the last few shots, what's that?...oh!
Anyway I noticed these two barges had foreign names, 'Volharding' and 'Dieu la Voulu.' The latter means, as you will know, 'God Wanted,' so that tells us something about them. 'Volharding' is a Dutch sailing barge no longer trading as she once did but instead instructs the 'disadvantaged' re the coast, the waterways and life on such vessels. Two decent craft put to good use for differing reasons but not allowed to rot away as rusting hulks. 'Dieu la Voulu' is set up for living on board and that sounds a decent way of life to me. Sailing barges are turned into homes, many still equipped with motors to allow them to cross the channel if required or move along the coats to a more favourable berth.
This however might suit you and I better!
A line of such craft are stabled in the Basin, however I get the impression some of them do not move far from here at any time. At one time I fancied being rich and having such an escape from the world. Spending your time messing about in a gentle movement of water, sun above, a decent view around, an escape from the world. Of course when they are lined up like this there is not much escape as either folks live here full time or they also are escaping the world and will annoy you just as they did back home! Bah! Still, once I am rich...
Sadly there are no more pics from this tiring day out. Stop that giggling at the back! No more to annoy you people of little taste. However, I could get on the bus and go back again on Wednesday...