Back in Oz

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Our European 2017 season has come to a close. We landed in Brisbane after a good flight back. Now it’s time to bring out the ‘Rolling G’ right and head north for a month or so.   Check out our 2017 and 2018 journey in the Rolling G rig. http://www.gratisaustralis.com/category/australia-2017/ http://www.gratisaustralis.com/category/australia-2018/  

Painting Today!

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The hard yakka has been completed and today the painting of the pilot house commences.   Quick snap shots taken during the last few days. Clean out and removal of fans etc. Things always look worse before they improve… Bogging completed Ducting that covers the wires installed. Bob’s famous bean salad ready for dressing. Last muesli for the season…. Mooring lines readied for winter … Read More

Last Trip of the 2017 Season

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Having arrived in Vlissingen, another action packed year in Europe is almost at its end as we commence readying Gratis for her second winter on the European mainland. Don’t despair, however, as we continue uploading the missing links in the European 2017 journey. It’s interesting how initial ideas and plans change as the years pass us by. Initially, Bob and I had … Read More

Sail On a Traditional Dutch Barge, Veere: Walcheren, Zeeland, Netherlands

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During the summer months, Museum Veere offers the visitor the rare opportunity of experiencing a few hours on board a replica of one the smaller traditional Dutch barges. Once used for the harvesting of mussels, today these vessels play a vital role in the tourism trade. This morning, Bob and I did just that! Having biked it back to Veere, … Read More

Veere to Goes by bike: Zeeland, Netherlands

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Taking the road to Arnemuiden Bob and I then trained it to Goes (pronounced ‘goose’). Today’s trip was a journey through crop country in which corn, spinach, onions and potatoes abounded. The roads were a thrum with the sound of tractors, as crops of onion and spuds were in the process of being harvested and transported to the storage depot.

Kamperland, Noord Beveland to Veere: Zeeland, Netherlands

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A short 3km motor south across the Veerse Meer brought us to the tiny township of Veere. Situated on the shoreline of the Western Scheldt, the township was once a busy sea port for Scottish ships, and its old harbour now houses pleasure boats. The history of Veere commenced in the 1200s as the small fishing village known as Kampvere. … Read More

Bike Ride, Noord Beveland: Zeeland, Netherlands

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It was day that was peaceful and relaxing as Bob and I partook in a 41km bike ride – just love the electrics. With the barometer sitting at 1027, brought with it a sun filled day of warmth! The colours of Autumn were becoming more prominent with each passing day, bringing with them a more vibrant landscape. Sand dunes, lakes, salt marsh, … Read More

Burghsluis, Schouwen Duiveland to Kamperland, Noord Beveland: Zeeland, Netherlands

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Fishing boats were out on the Oosterschelde where tall sapling trunks marked their channels were placed. With it being close to low tide, the guides were necessary. Having passed beneath the last of the major bridges for the year, we passed through the lock that led us from the Oosterschelde National Park into the Veerse Meer, where the landscape changed significantly. South … Read More

Oude Tonge to Zierikzee, Schouwen Duiveland, Netherlands

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Days of drab grey cloud came to an end as fog and soft blue skies welcomed us upon waking. Time to move on, Gratis crossed the flat Zuid Vlije, passed through Krammersluizen (jachtsluizen) – no radio or phone number here, the lock operator opens the gate when he/she sees you. On exiting into the Zijpe, we entered true tidal waters … Read More

Nieuw – Beijerland to Oude Tonge, Goeree – Overflakkee: South Holland, Netherlands

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With practically a click of the fingers, the clouds were blown away and out came the sun. We two Aussies don’t deal too well with days of grey! On went Betsy – Bob renamed her – and off down the Spui went we. Other than for a working barge, the river was ours. Some time later, Gratis nose onto the … Read More

Rotterdam to Nieuw – Beijerland: South Holland, Netherlands

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Having exited the Parksluis, into the Nieuw Maas went Gratis. Heading west, our aim was to reach Hellevoetsluis by mid – afternoon. Upon the Nieuw Maas, it is imperative that the VHF radio be monitored at all times, since the shipping on there is in proportions that defy belief. With the wash created by them, and with wind waves added … Read More

Maritime Museum, Rotterdam: South Holland, Netherlands

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We enjoyed today’s visit to the Maritime Museum. A section focussed on the development of the cruise liner over time and the visitor had the opportunity to partake in a number of the activities once played. Once only affordable for the rich, the first of the ship leisure travellers commenced boarding ships that were still used daily by businessmen and … Read More