It all went very well untillllllllll.
We discovered she was making a lot more water than we expected. The bilge pump working we decided to move on to get as close as possible.
We had some bridges on route but being so low, we could take most of them without waiting for the bridge to open.
Some hairy moments when the bridge waiter said something else than the lights, which we will never do again we look at the light.
We moved onto the Noord, not just a big river also big boats with big wash.
The boat was like a bouncing ball and leaking, safe habour reached, not our home mooring.
The repair started the old fashion way, pushing jute into the caps to seal the planks of the hull. An automatic bilge pump was installed with more safety equipment, a lifejacket is no luxury on the rivers.
A week later we set of again towards our mooring. The sad thing is that they closed a lock in Alblasserdam which means you need to cruise all around. A cruise with non closed lock would have taken 1 hour now it took 6 hours.
A small shortcut just past Hendrick ido Ambacht take you away from the big boats and their waves. Natuur is coming back alive here which was once an industrial area which is now in decline.
Past the entrance of the BiesBosch which we will do one day, only this time we went on to go into the Peulen Sluis which would bring us on the small river De Giessen.
The lock goes right under the high way A15 but is no biggy for us after the canals in the UK, where we had to do all the work ourselves. The lock-keeper has a camera and see you coming, you need to keep an eye on the time.
After the Peulen sluis we phoned the next lock keeper and they stayed open a bit longer for us.
The still waters made it pleasant cruising in the Albasserwaard.
The perfect Mayday with flowering Hawthorn or better called Maythorn.
On route we made some note of brilliant moorings, like this one near a fantastic windmill, how could you miss it.
The aim of the boat is to find stillness to create special photos and to reload our own energy batteries.
Holland is a very busy place with fantastic waterways and the inner waterways were we are living give pure tranquility.
We are moored here by the white mill where the big job has started of restoration of the Juni. In between the work we disappear gently to some away mooring to wander around.
Perhaps the woodwork on the boat will bring in more money than the wooden sculptures. One thing is for sure one day she will be a shining beauty, now it looks like a patch work of wood-rot.