Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Monday, 28 October 2013

The End is Nigh!


Not because of the stormy weather, of which we have seen very little here in Birmingham, but our time-out, gap-year(s), sabbatical, call-it-what-you-will, time travelling on board Tacet will soon be over.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.  Ecclesiastes 3:1


Next week we shall start the process of settling back into the real world and putting roots down back on the bank. Tacet will still be our home whilst we get things underway.

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There’s a lot to sort out, a car to buy, house and boat to sell, new home to find, and sadly somewhere along the line, work of some sort.


4.Poultney Weir


So this week we shall enjoy being on the move again making our way back down the Grand Union Canal. Give us a shout if you see us and cheer us as we prepare to leave the friendly world of the canals where we have had a brilliant two-and-a-half years exploring the cities, towns, villages and countryside along the rivers and canals, of this lovely country of ours.


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According to Chaucer, “All good things must come to an end”.  But I’m sure there are more good things ahead.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.  Proverbs 16:3


  1. I've enjoyed following your travels, dipping in and out from time to time. How can you bear to give up the boating life? Can you not keep your boat for holidays?

    May God bless you in the next part of your adventure, wherever that takes you.

    1. Hi Halfie, sorry we haven't met out on the cut, there's still chance as we come down the GU and maybe as far as Milton Keynes! Sadly the cost of keeping Tacet would be too great for holiday use only.
      We know God has a plan for us, still not all that sure what it is yet! Exciting eh!

  2. Hi Karen & Ian, Sad your travels of the boating kind are nearing an end for now, being an ex tour guide of Britain I thought I knew Britain well, I have been enlightened by your blogs and comments, and I now know Britain a lot more thanks to your travels.
    Best of luck in whatever you choose to do next.

    Bye from Australia, David and Luzia, you can get my contact details from David Bingham or Reg Marriot if you wish to keep in contact.

    1. Thanks David, it's been good to have you along on the journey.

  3. Hi Ian and Karen, We have so enjoyed your blog and indeed your company on various occasions! Sad to hear that things will be finishing for you soon, but as one door closes another one opens, we wish you the very best of luck for your future and maybe we can meet up sometime in Sussex! xxx

    1. Doug and James, We have had a great two and half years and are so thankful for all the fantastic experiences and many friends we have met. Yes it would be good to meet up in the real world we'll keep in touch. We will also keep hold of a couple of windlasses so if you ever need some lock buddies...............
      love K&I xx

  4. Ian and Karen,
    Sorry to hear that your time on the cut is now coming to an end. It was great to have met you and to have done some boating together. The BCN Challenge and, especially, the Ribble Link are two of the highlights of my own boating experience. Shame you never got to have a turn on Starcross though.
    I'll miss the blog too.

    1. Thanks Jim,
      We have had a great time and loved meeting you too, we shall keep up with your travels and as I said to Doug and James our windlasses will be ready to put to use...........

  5. Hi Guys
    You two are the epitome of the continuous cruiser, well done and good luck with all your future adventures. How did you manage to read so many books?
    Paul and Elaine xx

    1. Thanks you two, its been a great life. Enjoy your next season of travelling, not too fast now.....Hope you will continue to blog.