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Harbour Ways

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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 tongue-in-cheek humour, Harbour Ways can be read as a ...more
Kindle Edition, standard e-book, 196 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Rivergirl Publications (first published February 16th 2014)
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Terry Tyler
Mar 21, 2014 Terry Tyler rated it it was amazing
I think Val Poore is what I call a 'natural writer', in the same way as people like Bill Bryson; she writes about everyday activities and makes them interesting and amusing. This is an innate talent, it's not something you can learn in a creative writing class. I followed the installation of the bathroom on her barge with great interest!

This book is a fascinating glimpse into the life of 'liggers', barge dwellers in Rotterdam. It's a lifestyle I envy, and I adored reading about everybit of it. I
Anne Mackle
May 10, 2014 Anne Mackle rated it it was amazing
I can imagine buying an old house and renovating it to bring it back to its former glory. There would be problems found but they could be sorted out by hiring a team of builders and decoraters. I could move into one room and renovate room by room.
What I can't imagine is buying a 104 yr old barge made for carrying cargo and neglected for years and restoring it in a historical harbour by myself.
This is what Valerie Poore did. Her first mistake was to purchase the barge without having it inspected
Anita Dawes
Mar 16, 2014 Anita Dawes rated it it was amazing
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Harbour Ways by Valerie Poore

I thoroughly enjoyed Watery Ways, Valerie's first book about her life in Holland, so I knew I was onto a winner with her new book Harbour Ways.
Vereeniging, her historic barge (the name means 'union') was built in 1898 so was over a hundred years old and in a sorry state when Valerie found it and fell in love. The fact that she felt up to the task of not only repairing it, but making it into a comfortable place to live makes for riveting reading. I have done something
Geoffrey West
Mar 24, 2014 Geoffrey West rated it it was amazing
I found this book humorous, lively and hugely entertaining, and it's the best accompaniment to a nice mug of coffee and a biscuit that I know of. Having read Valerie Poore’s book Watery Ways, I was keen to meet up with her and her family and friends again, and this summary of her experiences most certainly was as much fun as Watery Ways. But this works just as well as a standalone book, you don’t need to read WW to enjoy it.

Every page raises a smile, and, for me a great deal of the pleasure wer
Caryl Williams
Jul 09, 2016 Caryl Williams rated it it was amazing
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Val's first book in this series Watery Ways is the first book on my list of the #20booksofsummer challenge. I enjoyed that book so much that I was led off-piste and just had to read this one too!

In common with the first book, this one is beautifully written and humerous throughout.

There is just something so heartwarming about the way the author writes about life aboard a historic 100 year old barge in the Netherlands; a barge that sh
Aug 13, 2016 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. It was a lot of fun, but it was also very interesting to read about life on a barge, and what it takes to turn a historical working barge into a comfortable home.

It must have been incredibly daunting as a single woman living in a foreign country to go out and buy a barge. Not just any barge, but a historical barge that needed a lot of work, and a lot of money. Add to this the fact that she would be doing all the work herself, and the fact that she was still learning the langu
Billy Buttons
Aug 21, 2016 Billy Buttons rated it really liked it
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Harbour Ways
Author: Val Poore
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 15
Editing: 9/10
Style: 8/10
Content: 8/10
Cover: 5/10
Of the 15 readers:
9 would read another book by this author.
6 thought the cover was excellent.
7 felt the pacing was excellent.
10 felt the best part of the book insightful writing.
7 felt it was a bit slow in parts, particularly the second half.
12 recommended changing the font on the
Oct 03, 2015 Jo rated it it was amazing
A few years ago I read the first of these two novels and was delighted by the quirky stories and intricacies of life on the water. Having now lived aboard a boat myself for a couple of years, I was curious to see how my own experience would change my perspective on this type of memoir when I picked up Harbour Ways at a book shop recently (coincedentally enough, after seeing Valerie Poore give a talk about it in the Hague). Truth be told, I was a little worried that the magic of Ms Poore's world ...more
Jenny Burnley
Feb 17, 2015 Jenny Burnley rated it it was amazing
I read this beautifully-written book out of sequence, but that did not matter at all because HARBOUR WAYS is an excellent, stand-alone memoir, full of fascinating, humorous accounts of Val’s unique life on an old, historic barge named The Vereeniging, moored in a beautiful harbour in Rotterdam. The writing flows like a smooth-flowing river itself, full of light-hearted wit, yet poignant in its telling of the highs and lows of being a boat-owner. As a reader, you are made to feel the
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