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  • By anita dawes
    Mar 16, 2014
    Harbour Ways by Valerie Poore I thoroughly enjoyed Watery Ways, Valerie's first book about her life in Holland, so I knew I was onto a winner with her new book Harbour Ways. Vereeniging, her historic barge (the name means 'union') was built in 1898 so was over a hundred years old and in a sorry state when Valerie found it and fell in love. The fact that she felt up to the task of not only repairing it, but making it into a comfortable place to live makes for riveting reading. I have done something similar with a dilapidated static caravan and after a lot of hard work and frustration, we managed to live in it for nearly four years, so I know just how tough a job it is. The chapter on fitting a bathroom into the available tiny space on the barge was hilarious. The mental picture of Valerie inside a plastic water tank with parts of her anatomy fighting to be the first out will probably stay with me forever. I discovered that she has one of the same major problems as me, that of deciding... More > at 'which stage of ineptitude counts as desperation.' Proving that no amount of determination will ever make up for having a non-technical brain, but somehow we cannot stop pushing the envelope. After all the repairing, cleaning and transforming the Vereeniging was finally ready for some adventure. To finally look back on everything she has accomplished, makes me feel so proud, and I had nothing to do with it! Valerie's first trip on board her beloved barge was magical, full of wonderful scenery and fascinating sites, including automatic bridges? These are small lifting bridges complete with their own lights. You simply stop and wait for them to open, a bit like those automatic doors that some shops have. I remember what used to worry me whenever I was going anywhere on a boat. Because you have absolutely no idea just how deep the water is, you constantly fear running aground. I have seen other people stranded like this and it looks so sad, but luckily it has never happened to me. Another aspect that makes Valerie's book so interesting are the photographs, taken at key moments, capturing the essence of the narrative and helping you to fully enjoy the experience. This was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it very much and I'm sure you will too.< Less
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Product Details

Second Edition
Rovergirl Publications
March 15, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.35 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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