When at home in the UK, I live aboard a 47ft narrowboat called Hobo, which is currently moored on the river Stort in Hertfordshire. It’s a wonderful lifestyle.

Since teaming up with John, much of the summer is spent cruising the inland waterways. He travels to and from his work in the fens, leaving me to work from home, wherever that might be – a riverbank somewhere. He often uses his light aircraft for this commute, making it quicker and more enjoyable.

Come November/December John travels to South Africa, where he stays for three months during their summer and, whenever funds allow, I go with him. John has spent much of his life in SA and has split his time this way for the past 12 years or so.

In SA, we are based near Bot River in the Western Cape and live in a converted bus. It’s a vast and stunning country, some of which we travelled in 2010/2011 – up to the Mozambique border, through Swaziland, Lesotho, Kwa Zulu Natal, the Transkei coast and the Freestate – one hell of a road trip! We always visit John’s Dad in Port Elizabeth, via the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape, from where we have done some superb day trips.

It may be a gypsy kind of life but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I’d like to make enough from my writing to be able to cruise continuously in the UK between April and October, then fly south for the SA summer.

Working on it…



2 Responses to “About”

  1. vignetti June 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Thank God for the Gypsy kind of life!

    • Boatbird June 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Amen to that..!
      Thanks for looking around – I shall do likewise.

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