Tales on a houseboat

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Once upon a time, there was a girl called BeksWhoKnits and a boy called HeWhoFishes.

The two of them set off early on Friday morning and drove as the sun came up. And at some point around 9:00 arrived into Walpole.


The stocked up on supplies, and made sure that they had every thing they needed. They weren’t to be coming back to the shore for a while.

Off they set on a houseboat into the inlet. Quite soon the houseboat was transformed into a home where the next 3 nights would be spent.

They reached their first destination. HeWhoFishes set to fishing, BeksWhoKnits to knitting.

The fish weren’t biting from the back of the boat, so HeWhoFishes went off in the dingy to explore further.


Bekswhoknits explored the life of Stephen Fry and made some steady progress on her crocheted blanket.

The talent of reading and knitting was well practiced and she was quite accomplished by the end of the trip at first reading from the iPad and then later balancing actual books.


The days flew by and fish continued to be caught, books continued to be read, and WIPs turned into FOs.


Each day had a new location, and each morning a new sunrise to wake up to.

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Even washing the dishes somehow felt easier.


There was talk of rejoining civilisation for a Saturday afternoon, but the wonders of technology meant that football could be watched aboard the boat.


More fish were caught, HeWhoFishes made friends with a pelican named Harold. Beks eyed Harold warily and preferred to remain indoors.
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All too soon it was time to return the houseboat. There was talk of sailing into the sunset, but it proved impossible so we returned to the shore and reluctantly made our way back to the city.


The houseboat is a perfect choice when two people wish to do nothing but fish and knit (and read, and embroider, and watch football).

Fish tally
Too many herring to keep count of
20+ Black Brim
10+ Skippy
10 School Whiting
6 Snook / Garfish
1 australian salmon
1 Mullet

Finished Object list
The Fry Chronicles
Revenge Wears Prada
The Colour of Magic
Death Comes to Pemberly
“manners cost nothing” embroidery
teal, black, and grey broken rib cowl
crochet flower
Significant progress on
– vanilla latte pair of socks
– crochet blanket

*gifs and panorama can be clicked to embiggen


12 thoughts on “Tales on a houseboat

  1. Absolutely lovely and so well written and illustrated. You must have been absorbing a lot from those books. lol My idea of a wonderful weekend, too!!! So glad you had it to enjoy and share.

    1. I’ve always done that. I annoyed my parents no end pretending to be an English boarding school girl saying Hullo.
      And don’t even get me started about my speech patterns if I’ve spent all day reading Austen!!!!

      1. lol Whatever I am reading affects my writing. I think it is the best way to learn language and to write it. It can confuse and annoy people, like who are you trying to be now, but I just think it is fun to write however it comes out. The “muse” talking through the written word…….Grammar should come much later in schooling. Who cares if one is communicating something. Sometimes hard enough to do that.

  2. Glad you had such a great time on your houseboat vacation! House-boating on the lake is the only way to camp 🙂 A few years ago, we (and another couple) rented a houseboat on Shuswap Lake (British Columbia, Canada). It was SO fun/relaxing to have gone fishing ‘n knitting on the water! ❤

    1. Definitely. I had people in the lunch room trying to convince me that going to Bali would be soo much cheaper- but it’s just not the same holiday.
      I enjoyed the solitude which I am not convinced I’d get in Bali.

      1. Oooh… Bali would be nice too! You live nearby so many exotic lands that I can only dream about! For solitude and tranquility though, a few days on a houseboat in the middle of a lake is tough to beat ❤

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