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Mostly about my writing, about life on a barge in Rotterdam, and other tales about other folks when the fancy takes me.



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The Skipper's Child by Valerie Poore

Arie Kornet hates school holidays on his family's barge, the Rival, which is home to Arie, his two sisters, his father, and his deaf mother. But because his father is a commercial skipper, all they do is travel from one place to another on the Dutch and other European canals and waterways the binnenvaart. Arie is intensely frustrated with it all. It seems there is nothing for him to do, and no escape. That is, until an unexpected brush with Russian secret agents, international plots, and a...


Watery Ways by Valerie Poore

Trading life in the fast lane of Johannesburg for that of Rotterdam's serene Oude Haven, Valerie Poore packs all her worldly possessions aboard the historic Dutch barge Hoop and sets about rebuilding both the boat and her life after divorce – and rediscovering herself and her own capabilities in the process.
Along the journey of renovation she is joined by an array of characters, including two dogs and a rather adventurous cat, a smiling but absentminded ‘landlord’, a quirky friend...


Harbour Ways by Valerie Poore

Harbour Ways is the sequel to Watery Ways, Valerie Poore's first memoir about living on a barge in Rotterdam's Oude Haven in the Netherlands. This second book tells of the first two years that she owned her own barge, the Vereeniging, and how she converts it from an empty hull into a home. Told with with Valerie's usual tongueincheek humour, Harbour Ways can be read as a stand alone memoir or as the follow on to Watery Ways.......


How to Breed Sheep, Geese and English Eccentrics by Valerie Poore

When Maisie Peterson leaves university in 1977 without a job to go to, she decides to help her mother save her large and impractical country property in the wilds of rural Dorset by trying her hand at selfsufficiency. Ma is just a tad eccentric, though, and Maisie has no clue about farming. Her efforts are thwarted at quite a few turns by a flock of willful sheep, a dotty aunt, a charming but ineffective boyfriend and a swarthy, but highly desirably agricultural auctioneer. Emily, the ewe,...


African Ways by Valerie Poore

This is the story of a young woman’s first encounters with rural South Africa. Coming from the allmodcons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980’s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal.
Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africa
with the help of a charming, elderly Dutch couple,
an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and...


Faring to France on a Shoe by Valerie Poore

A travelogue about a dream come true. After seven years of owning their barge, HennieHa, seven years involving catastrophe and crisis, Val and her partner finally go 'faring' to France for the first time. This travelogue is about the places they visit and the people they meet along the canals on their route from the Netherlands, through Belgium and into northern France. It tells a gentle story about how they experience their life on board during the four weeks they spend cruising. Written as...


Rotterdam Reflections: Tales from a Dutch harbour and other by Valerie Poore

When writing memoirs, there are inevitably stories that can't be included, but are still fondly remembered. This is a short companion volume of recollections and tales from times and periods not covered by my Watery Ways and Harbour Ways memoirs. It is largely drawn from narrative posts I have written for my blog with some editing and embellishments. There are also some additional short pieces related to my life and work here in the Netherlands that were also taken from my blog. These are...



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