NB Muleless

NB Muleless
Moored at Alrewas Sept 2013

Monday, 29 October 2012

The Garden Transformation!

In order for our plans to cruise the canals on our narrowboat Muleless to be possible, we have to sell our house.

Having been on the market for 8 months without a buyer, we decided that we had to change our garden to make it simpler for buyers to imagine it as their own.

When we bought our house in 1999, it was on a new development and we had the chance to use a big digger to help us achieve our dream garden including a big pond - and I mean a BIG pond (almost 4m square!). We did tell the estate agents that we would fill in the pond for prospective buyers if they did not want it, but as by August there was no sign of a buyer, we knew the time had come to remove our lovely fish and fill in the pond to help things along.
We had about 40 Koi, Ghost Carp and Orfe which we needed to find a new home for! Luckily we came across someone who "rescued" fish and was happy to take ours away to a new home.
All packed up and ready to go!
Bye guys!

Then the really big job began. After a few weekends of hard work and 13.5 tons of filling later we turned our garden from this -
 To this!
And as luck would have it, just as we were filling in the pond, a buyer came for a second viewing! And a week later (after a bit of haggling) a deal was struck - and the house is now Sold (subject to contract)!

We are at the end of the buying chain, and all involved wish to move before Christmas, so if all goes well (fingers crossed everyone!) we should be able to move into rented accommodation just before Christmas and the next stage of the grand plan can start!

We are hoping to pay a visit to Nick Thorpe this week to see how Muleless is progressing - so more pictures of the boat build next time.


  1. Hi Gary and Della
    We had exactly the same problem selling our house for the same reason. We too filled our pond in a sold the house within a week.

    Glad to hear you have sold the house. Hope it all goes through without any problems for you. We'll be reading the blog with interest to see how you get on. Exciting times ahead for you.

    1. Hi Steve and Chris
      We remember reading about you filling in your pond! How much longer till AmyJo is started? We tried to read your blog - but cant get on it until you have "invited" us!!
      Gary and Della

  2. What a shame. The pond and the fish looked fantastic. Good news about the buyer, hope eveything goes to plan.

  3. Hi Gary and Della,
    Sadly we shut down the blog for a while but it will return later. AmyJo's baseplate is being laid on 13th November all being well.

  4. Forgot to add We would invite you but don't know how.