The Boat Sweeper

Catherine Batac Walder steps or trips on a piece of lego or a model train track four times on a good day. She lives with her family in a toy shop masquerading as a Victorian cottage in South East England. She writes at gaslighthouse.blogspot.com and deckshoes.wordpress.com. A cured bookaholic, she is now a full-time tourist.

On the Thames after a fun day with Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole. Forever a river girl.

On the Thames after a fun day with Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole. Kapampangan. Forever a river girl.

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My darkly romantic Englishman at the Black Bull in Haworth, Brontë County. The same pub frequented by a drunk Branwell that Emily often had to drag him back to the house. Read my article on imagined 21st century Bronte letters here.

Bride in proper deck shoes at St. Katharine Docks in London

Bride in proper deck shoes at St. Katharine Docks in London

Iceland 2008. The walk in between the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates. Thingvellir National Park.

Iceland 2008. The walk in between the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates. Thingvellir National Park.

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Hey, sailor

Little Man H, born May 2015, newest member of the crew.

Little Man H, born May 2015, newest member of the crew. Two and a half months in this picture, during his first trip abroad (Belgium).

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In Venice, back when we were young. Driving across six European countries, the first of many of our Euro car trips :)

He didn’t mind me scratching this one.

He didn’t mind me scratching this one.

Sometimes you fall... hard and fast.

Sometimes you fall… hard and fast.

Walders Oslo

In cold, beautiful Norway many moons ago. I’m a graduate student writing her thesis; he visits. And proposes. We came a long way, literally a long way. Just two months before this photo, during Christmas holidays, he drove all the way from England to pick me up in Portugal, passed France and Spain, and hardly slept in two days.

Spot a little girl with her favourite teddy.

Spot a little girl with her favourite teddy.

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August 2014: England – Scotland – Northern Ireland – Ireland – Wales

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That dream of writing my stories on a boat, this one is from 2008, an article in Practical Boat Owner, a boating magazine here in the UK. Girl from the small town of Guagua, Pampanga conquers River Thames, and the English Channel :)

On a normal day, I go for walks carrying a painting.

On a normal day, I go for walks carrying a painting.

Stripy

Stripy

Erin in Erin. Summer 2014.

Erin in Erin. Summer 2014.

Bekonscot three decades apart. Who would ever guess?

At Bekonscot three decades apart. Who would ever guess?

Bah!

Bah! EGG xx

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Apple breaks. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland and The Grand Canyon, USA. Even the apples are much bigger in America.

Royal Holiday, err, Royal Holloway University of London.

Royal Holiday, err, Royal Holloway University of London.

The Old Gang

The Old Gang, friends/colleagues at Royal Holloway University of London. They had to try pancit palabok and leche flan at some point.

10 April 2013. Memories of the previous winter.
View of horses grazing on the farm from across the road, every morning. And this. Idyllic.