Early this morning - at first light, my ex started on NB Friendship's journey to Whilton Marina, where she will be sold. My ex has lived on her since we split in October 2014 and has decided that he does not want to buy her, hence she is being sold and the proceeds divided.
While he is taking her on her journey, I'm at work - conscious that he has a difficult journey in quite cold English weather. I'm joining him on Friday to take him through the Hatton flight of locks - but he will be taking the boat on the rest of her trip. She is empty now, aside from fuel and firewood for the journey. All our personal possessions have been removed.
I recently signed up for Facebook's "reminder" service - where the app shows you what you posted as status updates years ago. On November 20, 2009, I posted "I'm now the proud owner of a Narrowboat". It's a little hard to imagine that at some point in the future I won't be. The boat was my home for almost 5 years - and being a boater was a huge part of my identity. Living on land in a flat somehow seems - well - quite ordinary.
I've said a lot of goodbyes and closed a lot of doors this year. This feels like that last big door to shut before my divorce is finalised and the next chapter begins. It's still not easy - but it is getting easier.