This winter we were planning to get our kitchen re-done. Before we left the boat last year we went with Davy, our boat technician, to choose and order an Ikea kitchen, which was then delivered to him, for him to install over the winter. He was also going to replace some of the wall panels, put in new lighting, replace our kitchen exhaust fan, put in a couple of shelves and a water filter and a few other things.
He started pulling the old kitchen apart in late February, but unfortunately found a lot of water damage, dry rot and mould. Even the floor is affected.
From Veurne to Fintele and Ieper (Ypres)
The season for us is now all but over. Our last cruise took us to Ieper (our winter port) via Fintele.
Our friends Rachel and Grant and their daughter Amelia joined us in Dunkerque, and we had a pleasant few days with them on our trip back into Belgium.
Aire-sur-la-Lys to Dunkerque
Our next major destination was Dunkerque, but we took our time visiting a few delightful towns on the way.
29 August - 6 September
Lys River France
We had a week on the quieter French part on the Leie, called the Lys in French. Howard's fishing buddies Matt and Martyn joined us, so that was a good excuse for Howard to get in a bit more fishing than usual, but we still managed to also have a look around, taking advantage of Matt's car, especially at WWI sites.
Thanks to Martyn for letting me use some of his photos.
Belgium River Leie and Kortrijk
After leaving Lille we headed back into Belgium to Kortrijk on the River Leie. This is quite a busy commercial river and so at all our moorings we had some wash to contend with. At Kortrijk, I had my first physio session and we had Claudio (mechanic) visit to fix our stern gland.
We had four days in Lille, and even though I wasn't feeling well for the first couple of days, we were able to see quite a lot of this lovely town, and plan to visit there again next year.
Mons to Lille via the Roubaix Canal.
With a new crew (Jean-Marie and Leona) aboard we headed off for the next section of our voyage. We were looking forward to the Roubaix Canal which we had been told was great. It had only been re-opened in 2009, after falling into disuse and disrepair in the 1980s.
We had another week in Mons to get a few jobs done and wait for our next guests Leona and Jean-Marie. We did see a few sights in Mons, Nimy and even took the train to Brussels.
Ronquieres and Strepy-Thieu
On the way back to Mons we decided to take a detour to visit Ronquieres Incline Plane Boat Lift, as well as the Strepy Thieu Ascenceur.
We are sharing stories about and travels on our barge Moondance.