Three Things That Worried Me About Moving On A Narrowboat

Hi there, peeps, how are you? I hope your life rock ‘n rolls nicely and doesn’t throw you too many obstacles in the way. But if your path is littered then you can always change your point of view to jump over the hurdles.

More Cancer Up-Dates

So, last week I went to my annual mammogram appointment but I have no results yet. That, my dears, is a good sign ๐Ÿ™‚ . The nurse said they would contact me fast if they would find anything. Another sigh of relief ๐Ÿ™‚ . Besides the annual mammogram, I need to keep my breast checked, eat healthily and and move.

Yes, moving I should. Well, moving as in “moving my body” because not exercising enough is one lifestyle factor that is in my hand to avoid any cancer from coming back. I always wondered why so many women start running after cancer treatment. I guess it’s an “easy” exercise to take up and walking or running helps to process trauma and challenging experiences as I learned in therapy many moons ago.

Unfortunately, I can’t run because my knees are too run down (sorry for the pun) and I am a little risk-averse to do more walking because there are so many people out there not adhering to social distancing. So the running/walking is out of the equation even, if I wanted to. In January I had started to dance like no one’s watching ๐Ÿ™‚ for at least half an hour a day but I somehow lost the motivation and energy when I started to work again.

But hey ho, there is no reason, why I can’t start it again, is there? I’ll keep you updated ๐Ÿ™‚

Three Things That Worried Me About Moving On A Boat

We are still pondering and researching the narrowboat escape. We have a plan B if this doesn’t work out but I have to admit the boating keeps calling to me. But there are three things that I worried a little about when moving on a boat:

  1. What about an address
  2. What about having a GP
  3. How to get internet

But lucky us there is a video for everything on YouTube ๐Ÿ˜‰

What About an Address?

To stay legal or get anything legally done you need a physical address in the UK otherwise you can’t sign up to a GP, stay with your bank or vote. Many continuous cruisers use a family member’s or friends address but that is not possible for us. So we had a look into online post offices that give you an address. Many travel bloggers use those and some boaters too.

It is an extra expense that you wouldn’t have being in a house or having a mooring. I feel though it is worth it as I would like to keep shopping online. Even though that might be a bit tricky as you need to carry everything from the post office to the boat. These online post offices receive your post and then send it on to where ever you currently are. Most boaters collect their post from the closest post office where they currently are.

video credit: UK Post Box via YouTube

If you are interested, you can check out these two links:

UK Postbox – The UK’s Online Post Office

Cheapest business and private mailboxes, virtual UK addresses, mail scanning or forwarding (expost.uk)

What about the Doctors?

I think the pandemic had one good thing coming out: You can do more online or via phone when it comes to your GP. “What about a doctor?” is one of my most important questions as I need to get the anticancer medication and need to access a doctor easily if anything is out of the ordinary. And we currently live pretty far away from the British canals.

But as you can see in this video, there is an app for literally everything nowadays ๐Ÿ™‚

video credit: This Narrowboat Adventure on YouTube

And How Do You Get Internet On A Boat?

This “problem” rather mystified me in the beginning when we started looking into the narrowboat thing. Surely all these vloggers can’t just do the uploading of their videos via their phones? And surely they can’t have normal broadband. What the….. Find the answers here because I still haven’t fully understood how it works ๐Ÿ˜‰

video credit: Foxes Afloat via YouTube

Well, that is it for now when it comes to our narrowboat ponderings. In the next few weeks I want to try out something new with my Monday posts. It’s not fully developed yet but please stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚ and come away with me to Dominica.

Introduction toย Dominica

Have you ever dreamed of getting away from it all on a Caribbean Island? I have to admit I never have. First of all, I am not a fan of flying and secondly I do not enjoy hot countries particularly. But investigating all these little gems in the Caribbean made me question if I am losing out on an experience. After all, I am quite curious about how life is down there and what the people and culture are like. But I guess, it might all be hypothetical anyway.

The video’s I watched describe Dominica as the Nature Island of the Caribbean. It’s also the Island of partying as they seem to have a feast or festival for everything from things to animals. Yes, there really is a festival of odds and other crazy things I can’t remember now. Am getting old, I guess LOL. It didn’t surprise me that it had quite some Pirate activity but I didn’t quite understand the commonwealth thing. Apparently, it is not a commonwealth island but became directly a republic. The Commonwealth crops up here and there and I know the games but what it really stands for escapes me. That I will have to investigate further. The middle of the island is still preserved rainforest and if I remember rightly hardly discovered. It is so wild that most of the Pirates of the Caribbean films were filmed there. Dominica sports lots of water and volcanic activity. You can for example find a crazy, boiling lake and hot springs. Lots of them. Now that would definitely entice me to go there ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Snorkel fans find many ideal opportunities in Dominica and the government supports traditional business like agriculture more than tourism. That sounds sensible to me. The Kalinago peoples are the original peoples of most of the Caribbean islands. There are still some on Dominica because they could hide in the wild mountains. They were not so lucky on other islands. One of the languages on Dominica is a French-derived creole and it looks like they are rather relaxed people. Maybe because there is no mass tourism.

So let’s have a look what vloggers make of Dominica. As usual I have no rights to these videos and hope you’ll help to support them with a like. Thanks.

An Artist of Dominica

It would never occur to me to study in China unless I am interested in traditional Chinese Medicine or the Languages. However, many Caribbean and African countries have close ties to China and their youngster are happy to study over there.

So did Shadrach Burton a brilliant young artist from Dominica. Find out more here…

video credit: CBN24 via YouTube

And here:

Biography | Shadrach Burton

A Climate Activist of Dominica

I know I said it before but it simply astonishes me that so much of the climate crisis was already felt on the Caribbean islands about 10-15 years ago and the rest of us simply ignored it. Or weren’t told. Or both. Find out the impact on Dominica with Russel, a young reporter via UNICEF:

video credit: UNICEF via YouTube

Food of Dominica

Sorry, I could not find any links to food from Dominica but this video which gives you much more than eating ๐Ÿ™‚

video credit: Shu via YouTube

Writers from Dominica

No poetry today my dears. I just could not find a video or link to any poetry. But there are some writers and poets at this link:

Writers from Dominica You Should Know (theculturetrip.com)

Mental Health in Dominica

This island really keeps itself as off grid as it can from the mass tourism and mass social media. So find out about mental health on Dominica at this link:

Mental Health: My Primary Health Care Responsibility | Dominica Vibes News

Some musicians of Dominica

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14 thoughts on “Three Things That Worried Me About Moving On A Narrowboat

  1. Good luck Bee!
    We used the Post Restante service when we were house hunting in the tent in 2007 and it worked pretty well. Mail was going to MIL and she would send a parcel to the PO of our choice.
    As we had a residential mooring on the boat, we had an address and therefore could sign on with the local GP surgery. This was good as Hubby has to have regular INR checks, and it was also here we found my first cancer. The treatment I received was first class which is why we kept all my notes with the breast clinic there. Sadly a second cancer turned up but our friend put us up for the two weeks I was laid up after surgery. I still go there for my annual mammos though. All is good.
    Exercise: were you given some exercises to do after your surgery? I still do mine every day as it keeps things supple and I don’t have ‘adhesions’. We don’t walk as much as we did since losing Maggie, and Hubby’s mobility has been bad for a few months now but we are working on it and gradually getting back to walking every day again.
    The internet was also part of our mooring package, but there are mobile packages you can get.
    If you do go ahead, IMO you will love the peace and tranquility of the boating life. Everyone is so friendly and helpful as you all have one thing in common……. you have a boat! We are sorry we didn’t explore the canals more though and our only trip on them was taking her up for brokerage.
    Keep safe.

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    1. Hi Di, yes I got exercises to get my arm working again but nothing for general fitness and that is what I am struggling with. However, they said after chemo and radiotherapy I will have some days when out of nowhere I feel rather exhausted. That can happen for a year or so. My best option is the dancing and my work is quite physical so I probably do not need to worry too much. The post restante service only works when you have an address you can use for your mail to go to in the first place, I think. We won’t have that, so the others will have to do. I think we would get a mooring later on. From what I currently hear about the canals is that they are rather overcrowded with ppl who can’t go abroad on holiday. Boats are sold within a day sometimes and the prices are quite high. We were watching some at Wilton Marina online. But we assume once they can go abroad again they are going to sell them. It is quite a job to keep a boat afloat and in good nick which many might not take into consideration. But who knows what’s around the corner in these strange times. I’ll keep you updated ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Please do. Our boat was a Sea Otter, one of the last commisisoned, and aluminium, so no need for blacking. Hubby was able to do the main maintenance like oil changes etc. It’s all very exciting though don’t you think?

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      2. It is absolutely exciting. I think it’s a unique community and a way of life that would suit us well. And what you are writing sounds so cool. Yes, there are downsides but all lifestyles have. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

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      3. Biggest problem we ever had in the winter was condensation, the same as everyone else, even those with double glazing apparently. You could buy some temporary double glazing that you sealed with a hairdryer. It worked very well, though of course you couldn’t open the windows. I’m looking forward to hearing more, especially when you’ve found a boat. Will you get one with a burner?

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      4. Yes, we want one with a burner. It’s cosy and keeps the boat warm in an effective way. We won’t buy until next spring so we’ll keep you waiting a little. ๐Ÿ˜. Still a little to go to get the house sales ready. That’s more of our concern now. ๐Ÿค—

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