Evaluating Life – Buying a Narrowboat

‘Every once in a while we stop and think about the routines we have fallen into, the lives we have become comfortable with, and the surrounding we are accustomed to. Sometimes we feel a little lost in the direction we are headed. Sometimes we feel a little stuck.’

Ever read a sentence which sums everything up perfectly for you? That was me with this earlier this week, when I read the opening paragraph in a Brandmentalist blog post something just clicked.

See this is exactly how we were living Pre-Fantine (For ease lets call it PF) (Also this is only me, potentially James was over the moon with life). This particular blog looked at the 28 things to ask yourself before it’s too late, as I scanned through, I couldn’t help but think how many answers had changed, for the better since Fantine.

We struggle to believe we have only been there two months today, it already feels like the only life we have known (Indication we made the right move?). I don’t even remember now how the thought of a life on water came about, some off hand comment along the way which got us thinking.

This time last year we had just moved into a lovely three bedroom house, with a garden, a drive, a garage and all the storage space a girl could dream of. We had a plan, like most people our age, saving as best we could around the crippling cost of rent whilst trying to retain a life balance. The goal? Well we hoped for a house in the country, with plenty of space, turns out from what we thought was a decent amount of savings we were looking at a studio flat in the middle of town. But this isn’t a blog to moan about all that, it’s a blog to look at how much has changed, and how life has moved from the previous stale state, to now.

The Brandmentalist blog that the above extract is from looked at the 28 questions you should ask yourself before it’s too late … whatever that means! But it did really make me stop and realise how much life had changed, for the better, and how previously these questions would of brought about gloomy answers. So let’s have a quick look at some of the questions you have to ask yourself, and the answers I find myself thinking.

1. If not now, then when?

Buy a boat now

2. What would you do if nobody would judge you? 

Buy lot’s of boats 

2. Have you done something worth remembering lately?

Brought a boat

3. Time or money?

Time on a boat, money in a boat

5. What is the one thing you are proud of but would never put on your resume?

Buying a boat

4. In 20 years from now, what do you want to remember?

Buying our first boat

5. What is something that you have always wanted to do since you were a kid?

Buy a boat

8. When did you first realize life is short?

When I brought a boat

9. What memory from the past makes you smile the most?

Buying a boat

10. Are you proud of what you are doing or what have you done?

Yes, we brought a boat 

As you can see that’s just the first ten questions, and it seems they can all be answered with buying a boat. But in all seriousness it no longer feels like we are plodding along following the path that everyone around us follows. We own our own home (tongue twister or what!), and whilst it may not be the traditional concept of home, we find it all the more wonderful for it.

We have a slice of paradise, living in the stunning countryside, in a home which is not only beautiful but moves, we have not been dragged down and nor will our life style have to change to afford a monthly mortgage payment. That’s the more practical boxes ticked, what about the more floaty (no pun intended) health and well being boxes? Well we spend more time outside, whether that be a cheeky gin on the roof, or a run through the countryside with the dogs, the serenity and peace that comes from sitting and watching the water, or even better a swan family on the water. the people are wonderful and friendly, the moment you drive over the hill and see the marina everything that was a problem two miles ago kind of disappears a little with a sigh of feeling at home.

I can’t help but feel this blog has been a little bit deep compared to the normal! Make no bones about it, what I am trying to say is, this blog was completely wrong on the questions it asked.

The one question to ask yourself before it’s too late?

Why the bloody hell haven’t you brought yourself a boat? 

James & Kirsty.


PS I realise there are no pictures in this blog! Here’s a swan family update:




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