“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows

Hi! Welcome to Wrens-Nest Blog, it’s all about us, Chris and Joy, and our adventures living and travelling on our narrowboat.

We tend to post mostly in the summer months when we are out and about enjoying the canals and occasionally rivers too.

What about us? OK.. We’re a couple of baby-boomers who decided we wanted out of the rat-race so bought a narrowboat to live on.  We are now retired and have lived on our narrowboat since 2010.


We have been married since 1972 (that’s over 48 years – wow!)

Chris is a Moonraker (in other words, he originally comes from Wiltshire) and Joy is an Essex Girl.

We have two children, Karen & Jeremy, who have both ‘flown the nest’

Karen is married to Mike and lives in Sydney and have a son, Joel and a daughter, Summer.
Jeremy is divorced;  he has a son, Morley and a daughter, Iona.
He is a boater too!

Personal Interests
We are Grecophiles having spent several years holidaying in the Greek Islands, their favourite island is Skiathos in the Sporades Group and now feel visiting there is a bit like ‘going home’.

Chris occasionally attempts to play guitar & piano accordion.
Joy is something of a jigsaw puzzle fanatic and loves challenging ones, double sided, 3D effects or anything difficult!

Yam from Dudley? *
Because of the name of our boat we sometimes get asked if we’re from Dudley because of the Wren’s Nest Housing Estate known colloquially as “The Wrener” which, I am told by my Black Country friends, enjoyed something of a ‘reputation’.

The  Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve is nearby and that does have boating connections because there are limestone quarries and caverns, some going down 100 metres below the hill to underground canal basins and even a Wren’s Nest Tunnel.

In fact, the Wren family has roots in Oxfordshire, we have traced several generations of Wrens living in Middle Barton going back to the middle of the 18th century.

* Are you from Dudley? Check out Black Country Translation Service 😀