Wednesday, December 3, 2014

 Elderly, retired sleepboots (tugs) are in abundance in the Netherlands and most have found adoring, new owners. There are two types of owner, those who take out the ancient but original engine which takes up, in their view, much too much living space and put in a new, smaller one and those for whom this is an act of vandalism. Having tied up to the last over night mooring space on the edge of Vianen, we invited the sleepboot Flipje to moor alongside. These owners were of the latter persuasion and proudly showed off their wonderful 'phut-phut' engine. They had an elderly Staffy on board who enthusiastically joined Woody in Origami to be rowed to the nearest patch of grass.

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