The End Of A Dream.

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Did you sleep well last night.

Did you dream.

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Well,  we all have our dreams.

We can well imagine changing our lives to suit our dreams, but for most of us the dreams stay in the realm of imagination and Never-Never Land.

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But not all of us!

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I remember about three or four years ago, watching a series of television programmes called Grand Designs, which showed many people going through the sometimes harrowing experience of trying to make a reality of their dreams about building a new home.

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There was one couple who were a little different from the usual heavily mortgaged people who were seen to become stressed and worried by time wasting contractors and ever burgeoning budgets.

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This couple were Chris Miller and Sze Liu Laine.

They were determined to try convert an old Thames Lighter into an eco-home, using re-cycled cast-offs, scraps and bargains, in order to move themselves and their two children into a new and free life on board a huge barge.

They more or less designed it as they went along, depending upon what building items turned up.

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After the show, the almost completed vessel had had about £80,000 spent on it.

It was then put on a mooring in the estuary of the River Thames, but financial problems meant that the owners could no longer afford to finally finish the project.

The Medway Eco-barge then seemed to be more or less abandoned, becoming vandalised and used by partying youngsters and squatters.

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People on an Essex beach near Southend this week, were amazed to see that the rusting barge had suddenly been washed-up there, having become loosened from it’s mooring.

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It seems that the somewhat derelict project will now be towed back to await it’s fate upon it’s former mooring.

How sad to see such an end to a very different dream.

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This film I found on U Tube appears to be taken on the barge several months ago, during it’s period of abandonment..
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