Emma Freemantle lives in pricey West End London (near Regent’s Park), but she could afford to buy her home because she lives aboard what she calls a “floating caravan log cabin”. Her home is a narrowboat: boats so narrow they were built in the past few centuries to fit Britain’s narrow canals (some are less than 7 feet wide).
Her floating home is part of a community of narrowboats on London’s Regents Canal where she has lived for the past 6 years (her sister Victoria helped her buy her boat). All the boats here come with a mooring which is permitted, though as Emma points out there are plenty of boat owners on London’s (and Britain’s) canals who continuously cruise without a fixed mooring address.
Emma has also made her boat into a floating office where she crafts handmade creations from secondhand and vintage finds for her Worn With Love label (she’s also a freelance fashion stylist).
Her liveaboard life may be cheaper than flats in her area, but the lifestyle requires constant maintenance: disposing of toilet waste, filling the water tank, replacing cannisters of butane gas and even buying pre-paid cards for electricity. Her daily life may take more work, but Emma sees this as part of what makes it so magical.
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Worn With Love: http://www.wornwithlove.co.uk/