Through the Keyhole with The Uncheshire Wife



Through the Keyhole is one of Tots 100 most popular series and this month we are looking at a very different home. Last month we featured Lucy’s Yurt and this month we are having a peek into Lorraine’s narrowboat home.  Lorraine describes herself as ‘ex trendy scouse bird’.  She grew up, left the city and moved to semi rural Cheshire. Lorraine is a stay at home Mum who sometimes works in a Museum and believes that this gives her the best of both worlds. Lorraine blogs at The Uncheshire Wife and can also be found on Twitter as Norton Mum.

The Family: Lorraine, husband John and son Joe.

The Home: A narrowboat.

Top Tip: If you’re thinking of buying a holiday home be open to ideas. We went out looking for a lodge with a water view and ended up on the water.


In 2011 when we were looking for a holiday home for myself, husband John and 11 year old Joe I never thought we would end up with a narrowboat. Now five years on we have learnt so much and discovered what a sociable but relaxing life you can have on the canal network.
What was the boat like when you bought it?
The boat was part built when we came across it. It had intentionally been built for the Crick Boat show but wasn’t finished in time due to an influx of customer orders. It was a ‘right place right time’ moment as sleeping 6 the layout was ideal for us as a family.

Have you done any major work since buying it, and if so, what?
We have recently raised the rear seating area and added new leather clad seating. This has provided a more comfortable space for steering, and a bigger sociable space when moored up. It involved a lot of welding and some upholstery but we did it ourselves.


What’s your favourite space on the boat and why?
Sitting on the sofa reading a book or magazine, especially when the woodturner is lit.

Where do you blog?
The dining space is ideal for blogging, we have a lot of electricity points. While travelling we have battery power charged by the engine. When in our home mooring we have landline electricity.

What do you love most about the boat.
The relaxed lifestyle and scenery are second to none, we can be only a mile or two from home (our teenager can walk along the Canal from home to boat mooring) and feel a million miles away, it’s very therapeutic.


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