What Bee & Husband Are Up To

Hello, out there, you lovely people. How are you? I hope you are well and please know you are in my prayers daily. Can you believe we have reached June already? I am sorry if I bore you to death with my amazement at how fast time flies. It is simply mindboggling for me, to be honest. We just welcomed 2021 in with lots of hope for more normality and now the year is nearly over. With… well, some normality at least here in the UK. Even though I fear that this month’s promised full open up will not happen because of the rapid spread of the Indian variant.

But let’s not linger on these things. Two weeks ago, I promised to let you know a little more about our “plans” to sell everything and move on a boat. We are pondering this for a while because life is short and work is getting harder and harder. The best husband and I have been through a lot in recent years and living on a boat was a dream of his for a long time. As a teenager, I thought it would be so cool to live on a houseboat but like many things, I never thought it would be possible. So we are both on the same sheet here.

Of course, it sounds so easy: we sell everything and move on a boat. First of all, we are both older and owning a house is only possible with a mortgage. So if living on a boat doesn’t work out we won’t be able to get back onto the property ladder because we won’t get another mortgage. You can see, this decision is a big one.

The children don’t seem to mind what we are up to. In fact, I think, they are rather excited about the prospect to visit us on a boat which makes everything much easier. We wanted to leave them something when we are gone that was one motivation to buy a house in the first place. Another reason was to be able to grow our own food and have some chicken. We have achieved that and letting it go feels tough. At least for me even though the best husband does most of the work so it’s more up to him in my mind.

For all of you not familiar with the British canal system and its boating life here a video that explains what we are looking into.

video credit: Robbie Cummings via The Indie Projects on YouTube

We would have a bigger boat about 60ft (a little more than 18 meters). We would move around like Robbie does but have the advantage of a “regular” income with the best husbands pension from previous employment (I married an ex-firefighter … sigh … πŸ™‚ ). We also think that house prices have risen so much in this area that we could buy a boat outright with something to spare so no repayments necessary. I have a certificate for teaching English as a foreign language and am a blogger which means I have a way of creating an income if necessary. And there might be odd jobs to be found on our travels which we are more than happy to do.

To me, it feels, like our house has “prepared” us for living in a tiny space like a narrowboat. Both our kitchen and our bathroom are each maybe three by three metres. Exceptionally tiny because we live in an ex-council house and they were added probably in the 60s or so. Of course, both kitchen and bathroom are even tinier on a boat but we already get along in a small space so getting used to that should be a smaller deal than for people who are used to huge kitchens and bathrooms.

However, what every single boater we have read or watched says is: ” A boat is tinier than you think even if you expect it to be tiny.” I am rather curious in finding out how much more we need to leave behind than we think.

All in all, this makes me very excited. It feels like the perfect lifestyle for us now that the children are grown up and leaving them a boat they can either live on or use as a holiday home feels good too. There are many more things to consider but I am writing more about that next week.

For now, let’s come away to St. Kitts and Nevis.

1. Introduction toΒ St. Christopher Island and Nevis

Do you know about St. Christopher Island affectionately called St. Kitts and neighbouring island Nevis? I had never heard of it until I started “Come Away With Me”. I am not into the “posh” holiday making and parties on boats or shopping sprees rather appall me than entice me to go on holiday.

St. Kitts and Nevis are small islands and their possibilities of creating an income are rather small. So offering holidaying on the high-end price range is probably a good idea. If “Investing to get a St. Kitts and Nevis passport” is such a good idea too, I am not sure. Please find out more about the islands with this short playlist. No, I have no rights to any of the videos and please be patient with the ads. A vlogger needs and income πŸ™‚

So, now you know about the place that doesn’t really want to be known… huh???? πŸ˜‰

2. No Artist of St. Kitts & Nevis

Yes, peeps guess what? I couldn’t find an artist of St. Kitts or Nevis. So we need to make do with a video about the culture of the Island.

video credit: Christophe Harbour via YouTube

3. A Climate Crisis in St. Kitts and Nevis

Yes, not only the island nations of the Pacific are threatened with drowing if the climate heats more up. The Carribean islands are affected as much and one would think that the rich people who want to go on holiday would do more to save them. But maybe they prefer to go to the moon? Sorry, for my sarcasm:

video credit: IFRC via YouTube

4. Food of St. Kitts and Nevis

Sorry, again. I am running out of time and simply leave you with a video on food from St. Kitts and Nevis. If you like meat it’s a good place to be πŸ™‚

video credit: Cliffieland via YouTube

And here some more info and recipes, if you like to try something new πŸ™‚

St Kitts Food | What to try and where to eat? – A Life Well Travelled

5. A Poet of St. Kitts

Woa, they are small but have a poet. Just no video about him. So please enjoy the Poetry Foundation πŸ™‚ ;

Robert Charles O’Hara Benjamin | Poetry Foundation

6. Mental Health in St. Kitts and Nevis

Like in many other countries it is the youngsters who are affected the most by the pandemic. This school did a good job to give their pupils an outlet for their problems but also offer solutions. The creative way πŸ™‚

video credit: JUSTeArt via YouTube

7. Some Musicians of St. Kitts and Nevis

Yea, no playlist just two videos. Enjoy πŸ™‚

video credit: GE via YouTube
video credit: Hype Magazine via YouTube

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2021 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, June 14th, 2021

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture to Antigua . Please find musicians from Antigua at the Antigua Blog.

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21 thoughts on “What Bee & Husband Are Up To

  1. I’m excited for you! Is there a way you could test out a boat house for a few days to get a feel for it? I’m actually surprised at how much storage he had on his boat in the video.

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    1. We could but I think we don’t need to. Andy has already been on one before and we have decided on a plan B so we probably will invest in some storage. It’s all very exciting. I am so sorry for your bad luck with the tree. I hope it will be sorted soon. Haven’t read much blogs recently πŸ€—

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  2. I’m excited for you Bee having lived on a narrow boat for 3 years. It’s a peaceful life, and we do miss it, but health issues and rising costs for living on a residential marina forced us to sell up.
    Ours was only 41 feet, but with 60 feet, you would probably have a separate dining area, lounge, and sleeping bunk. Hope you have a log burner, and if so would suggest one of those fans that sits n the top for dispersing heat. Ours had central heating fuelled by the diesel engine and we were cosy in the colder months. However, we did wish we had a log burner. One boater had a smaller craft to us at 30 feet an put a charcoal burner in his. It was wonderfully efficient and cheap to run.
    Some of our friends had 60 footers and they were awesome. Locks on the canals are different to those on a river, and the key for canals is to remember to close the gates at both ends when exited.
    Good luck and enjoy the wildlife!

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    1. Hi Di, thanks for your help at the beginning of our considerations. Such a shame you couldn’t stay on. Would have loved to visit you there 😊 Yes, we would like a multi-fuel burner and what we’ve seen so far has a kitchen area, dining and living area some better organised than others. “Closing locks on both sides when leaving” I’ll keep that in mind 😊 we’ll keep you updated.

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      1. Thanks. Am going to check them out. Just sitting at the hospital to have a fi roid removed. Also got the letter today that I am going to have yearly mammograms for five years and what to keep looking out for. The hospital says other regular check-ups aren’t necessary as patients usually fi d changes the.selves and check ups just cause unnecessary anxiety. There is a list whom to call with what issue and now I feel more confident in going forward. Hope you and yours are well πŸ€—

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      2. My mammos are for five years too, an they reset the clock in 2019, so my last will be 2024 then I revert to the usual NHS checks (3 years I think).
        I can contact the breast care clinic nurses any time though and they get back to me.
        Keep well and safe Bee.

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  3. Hi Bee, I don’t think I would like to live in such a small place, but then I still have kids at home. I don’t know if I mentioned to you that I read a book by a Canadian friend of mine who lived on a flatboat in Canada and it was very informative about living on a boat. Flatboats don’t move about thought, they staying the harbour.

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    1. I don’t blame you. With children I wouldn’t want to do it either. There are several famines though who do because houses and rents are so expensive in the UK. “Flatboat” is that like a houseboat? What’s the title of the book? I hope you and yours are well β™₯️

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