Finally our turn to go in to the dry dock…

We were about one week delayed entering the dry dock for our haul out.

It would normally not be a problem, but our docking would be the last before the yard went on their annual 3 week vacation closure. This meant that if there was work that needed to be done on our barge it needed to be completed asap or else we would be stuck in the dry dock until some time the middle of August!

I can honestly say that being stuck in dry dock for almost 5 weeks would be worse than my missing all the wonderful brocantes in the Val d’Oise from the end of May until the beginning of July!

Here, let me give you a better example:

Now, let's see... would I prefer to be here...?

Now, let’s see…
would I prefer to be here…?

Note well the 6″ mud pools below the hull of JoLi’!

... or here? Hummmmm

… or here?
Hummmmm

Brocante fix from the North

Well we made it to the northern border of France to a village called Mortagne-du-Nord in preparation for our haul out just over the border in Belgium.

Lucky for me I found 3 brocantes in the area. Two were walking distance from where we had moored the barge.
The third one was about 25 minutes away and so we took the motorcycle

Wow, what a treat. No parking issues when you're on a motorcycle!

Wow, what a treat. No parking issues when you’re on a motorcycle!

During our wait for our turn in the yard, we had a bit of excitement:

If you look very closely, across the canal you will see JoLi' moored at the quai.

If you look very closely, across the canal you will see JoLi’ moored at the quai.

 Can you figure out what went on?