She still gives us much joy and now we seem to have moved onboard permanently she heralds a new phase in our lives that we are both enjoying immensely. We simply cannot imagine life without AmyJo now as she has become an integral part of our lives.
Our first longish Cruise in 2014 took us to Braunston and back in January with the weather cold but bright. Freezing weather and thin ice gave us a taster of winter life aboard. The stunning morning frost made us enjoy the life even more and cemented our desire to become liveaboards. On the return Chris took charge and helmed AmyJo through Watford Locks for the first time with great success.
|Morning frost at Braunston Marina|
|Chris dwarfed in her first lock at the helm of AmyJo|
By a chance (scuse the pun) read of nb Chance's blog I found Doug and James had managed to get their blog pages in print. We could not resist and so we now have a complete year of AmyJo's build from our blog posts immortalized in hard back.
In June we had a royal visit from a very special lady, Mary, Chris's mum came for the day with friend Derek and Vicky. Disabled with one leg Mary was helped aboard and shown around AmyJo followed by a cruise and lunch in the Moorings. A lovely sunny day brought more happy memories.
|Mary helped onboard using the Ikea Chair lifting method|
|Best friend Derek relishes his first ever trip on a narrow boat during|
|Mortimer Bone's boat of the same name|
|Chris enjoying her time at the helm|
Our trip could not have been better timed and we enjoyed three weeks of the best weather of the year. Gloriously warm sunny days lay ahead
|Waters new but which way, Coventry of course Chris.|
|Our fav mooring of the trip in All Oaks wood|
|Water Explorer allowed us to plot progress on the cruise|
|John and Fiona round the junction at we enter it.|
|Fradley Junction and the iconic Swan Pub bathed in sun|
|Northgate top lock|
Finally after 3 weeks of constant cruising AmyJo brought us home to Tattenhall marina where we have been ever since.
|AmyJo's current mooring in the marina.|
Over the months we have made many new friends at the marina starting whilst attending a massive hog roast laid on by the marina. Below are pictures of us with some of our pontoon neighbours.
Recently we had our last cruise of the year up the Llangollen canal for a week. Sadly we only had time to get as far as Whitchurch but vowed to return this year to cruise the full length probably in April so watch out for our posts on that cruise.
|Wrenbury Mill and lift bridge|
|One of our home made glazing units that also acts as a porthole bung|