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    56_Our Narrowboat gets stuck in Savick Brook!! Ribble Link Return
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    56_Our Narrowboat gets stuck in Savick Brook!! Ribble Link Return

    October 9, 2019

    We start our journey today at our
    mooring between bridges 24 and 23 on the Lancaster canal we are about 40 minutes
    from the Ribble Link navigations and the surrounding countryside is mainly rural
    with the odd farm dotted beside the canal there is a tight 90-degree bend into the
    Lancaster basin where there are three staircase locks to take us down into
    Savick Brook. The original tall sculpture called Gauging the Ripple known locally
    as the Ribble Piddler overlooked the first lock and marked the beginning of
    the Ribble Link was replaced in 2014 by the one that you see today and
    is dedicated to the navvies and engineers who built the canal. We descend
    the remaining three locks into in Savick Brook We pass the golf course where you have
    to duck if you see a ball coming and make our way through the winding brook Our trip today covers 15 miles from our
    mooring on the Lancaster canal onto the Leeds & Liverpool Rufford branch. Making
    our way with some difficulty through the narrow and shallow, winding, muddy Brook
    towards the River Ribble and underneath the A 535 . We moor
    for an hour on the pontoon before the sea lock From the sea lock we make our way down
    towards the river, when we get to the river we turn right and make our way
    against the tide until we reach the open stretch of water at Aslands Lamp. Here we make a hard left hand turn onto
    the River Douglas and head towards Tarleton lock We wind our way down the River Douglas passing some open farmland heading
    towards Tarleton Lock Once through Tarleton lock we pass the
    moored boats and head on to the Rufford branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal
    where we moor in a lovely spot just before Fearns swingbridge. yeah good
    morning everybody and welcome to our vlog you join us on a bit of a cloudy
    day today yeah its just starting raining hasn’t it , it’s only spitting slightly don’t they don’t forecast rain
    so we’re hoping it’s just kind of on the end of the weather front or something
    because today’s the day isn’t it . Where are we honey? Don’t do that to me, today
    is the day we go back across the Ribble Link. I was gonna say that but you stole it
    from me. yeah we’re not well you are not particularly looking forward to it are
    you. NO! so we’ll see how we go let’s hope the weather brightens up a little
    bit .We’ve had mmm we’ve had a bit of a long conversation with one of the other
    vloggers who went over the other day yeah hello. you know you are and
    and I think Pats a bit more worried now
    oh yeah just a little bit now I’m sure it’d be fine just watch and see so hopefully the weather will brighten
    up and so we’ve got to be it’s we’ve got a be down at the the basin for 11
    o’clock this morning yeah we’re just gonna set off. so we better shimmy on yeah
    and so it’s gonna be a long day today it was a long day coming over and I think
    it’s just going to be a just as long going back but different and quite hard work, for you. yeah I’m not looking forward to but
    let’s see let’s see we might be quite surprised we’ll catch
    up with you at Tarleton or in between oh yeah or in between keep
    watching. See you soon. So we move down to here on Friday stayed here yesterday and had a
    bit of a quiet relaxing day and today we’re moving on down to the Ribble Link.
    It’s about what 45 minutes from here I think so left ourselves plenty of time
    probably get there a bit early but that’s not a bad thing just had the most disturbing encounter
    with a fisherman who said he was going to burn our boat because we asked him to
    move his pole. So we’re just coming up to the turning
    now just where you can see those railings ahead
    is the entrance to the Lancaster Basin to go down to the Ribble Link. We are just waiting to go into the first
    staircase look we’re on our own there’s four boats gone down before
    us and one cancelled so we’re the last one in and on our own. so we’ve reversed into the first lock
    and now we’re just reversing into the second staircase lock
    and that’s just so that we can manoeuver when we get out it’s not a lot of room
    to manoeuver when you get out of the locks so you have to go in backwards the locks backwards yeah very interesting going in a lock
    backwards. day today to be doing this weather clouds look a little bit on the
    miss up there so Pats just reversing out of the
    second lock and into the third lock and you have to reverse in it’s because
    you have to reverse out over to that over to that section there and then you
    have to go that way under the little footbridge so as you can see there’s not
    enough room to turn a 57 foot boat round so it’s better to reverse out and then
    you’re facing the right way to go forwards . So we’re reversing out into the
    space over there and that’s where we’ve got to go down thank you so goodbye the Lancaster and hello Savick Brook grounded a little bit under that bridge
    there just as we came through but we were scraping the side that we weren’t
    we were scraping the bottom so we’re a first lock already there’s only a few
    minutes after coming out of the staircase lock and this time we have to
    work the locks on our own. When we came up the CRT crew did all the locks for us
    but of course we’re on our own so it’s just me. Eileen’s doing the first lock going on to
    Savage Brooke these are not CRT manned all the time. Eileens jumped ship alleys jump ship while I take the boat down to the next lock.
    She’s walking so I wasn’t expecting this
    but I’ve gotta make some headway because we’re the last boat I am at the next lock, just waiting for Eileen to open this one up and then we’ll be
    through this one. This is number three the CRT crew helped with lock number two but
    we’re on our own for the next two locks because they’ve got to go down and sort
    out the rest of the boats at the other end. so we’re just making our way through
    some sections have been a bit windy and you can’t go fast anyway because then it’s a bit
    of a steep bend here the golf course is just to the right
    there and Pats using the bow thrusters just to bring the bow round
    because it is a pretty steep Bend it’s been windy all the way.
    There’s the bend we’ve just come round 90-degree Bend I think you can’t go too fast anyway otherwise
    you drag the water out from underneath you
    and then you don’t have any water There’s this thick weed just before the
    lock look at that, it all gets round your prop and
    then you are well and truly stuffed. I think there’s one lock but um I think we
    get help help with that one it’s been pretty windy all the way down and although you can’t go very fast
    there is a kind of a sense of urgency to get there because you know that you’ve
    got to get to tarlatan Tarleton before the tide goes out. We just got stuck coming around that bend we were grounded for a bit
    had to put a few revs on to get round the bend Oh, oops! it’s another tricky Bend and with the
    shallowness of the water it’s not easy to get through to be fair sh*t Oops, we’re grounded Whoa! we’re tipping Don’t think we’re going to make it How are you feeling skipper? We are the last ones, we’ve got
    stuck in the brook yeah we’ve had a couple of sticky moments haven’t we. Very we grounded completely and tipping over like that Oh! and I’ve got this one to deal with! so we’re just going through the sea lock
    now we’re fourth of a convoy of five boats Lets see how we get on now So you can feel the incoming tide
    already and we’re not even out on the main river River Ribble yet you can see how much we’re punching
    against the tide There he goes! all right we’re just coming out to the
    mouth of the river don’t know whether you can see how fast that’s flowing but
    it’s flowing pretty fast we’ve just increased the revs Ahh! that’s not bad Patrick
    no bad skipper Whoops!
    Hey we weren’t dragged back too far and we’re out Where are we honey! the ripple thing the river Ribble yeah I am quivering. And you took the turn beautifully didn’t ya yeah but
    you took it beautifully yeah we weren’t drag back too far. I saw one of the other boats he kind of went backwards uh uh I thought I’m not doing that and we didn’t Here comes his wake. Whoops!, OOPs We’re still get in his wake rocking a bit hello, how’s your journey across the
    Ribble , this has been lovely this this section is beautiful it helps that it’s
    a nice day it’s a bit windy so I’m a bit worried my hat’s gonna blow off but it’s
    quite sunny so I need it . But we came out of Savick, Savage Brook really well and
    yeah we’re just making our way up the Ribble, we are watching out for as Aslands lamp to do the left turn into the river Douglas
    so but there are four boats ahead of us. so that’s four boats into the lock Two up first and then the next two
    so it means we’ve got to hang around out here and wait for them for them to
    ascend the look and for them to empty again How we doing skipper yeah I’ll be better when we’re in that lock. Don’t like waiting here. we’re just
    waiting to go into Tarleton lock so we’re just on our way in
    the last lock and we’re off out of the other side so back on the Leeds and Liverpool canal
    the Rufford branch. That’s a gaggle of geese if ever I saw one So we’ve moored up here which is probably
    about 30 minutes from Tarleton we decided we didn’t want some moor in
    Tarleton and we moored here on the way up going towards the Ribble link and to
    be honest its not too shabby that boat just there came over on the link with us a couple moored up in Tarleton. we passed
    on the way and but we wanted to come a bit further out not too bad at all is it
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    Narrowboat Experience Visit the RCTA Floating Market at Cassiobury Park
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    Narrowboat Experience Visit the RCTA Floating Market at Cassiobury Park

    August 29, 2019

    hey honey I just realized something if you come back next week the cake boat
    will be here again that’s delicious isn’t it Kath does
    everything day today yes you have to Kath falls down the hill you made the breakfast and you made life
    no we haven’t had lunch yet and you know I carried the money to the big store you
    handed me my cake carried the cake it was delicious and that’s why I’m going
    we’re not going back past the markets because um well yeah and I’d buy more
    cake and then when we back to the boat its Kath does everything day yes
    honey because I’ve got all those paintings to do K: I’ve got all that sitting to do. A: do you’re sitting later this
    morning though we didn’t get any footage of it Munchy went missing for three
    hours because it started to bucket down rain and then when she was like oh I
    can’t possibly be caught in the rain and also can’t walk through puddles so I
    have his feet are waterproof so I had to go look for him eventually an hour later
    I found him what’s an hour it was an hour Kath was still in bed and then I
    had to pick him up and carry him because he was like, ‘meow, meow’ . I was working I was really
    worried we gonna go home and eat our cake I’m making Kath climb up this
    hill can you see how crushed she is it’s very slippery it is really slippery,
    we’re not on the path but it is lovely yeah pretty huh love it somebody’s already slid there. happy
    about the day yeah not all of us it’s not happy about Kath does everything we
    all negotiate on that one no just walk there was a thing I need to be recording
    in case you fall isn’t it gorgeous here I love it what a gorgeous day I know
    that it’s raining and it’s muddy and we have our wellies on but how great is
    this I should be in the middle of a math lesson well no because this is Bank
    Holiday Monday that was it
    so woodpecker maybe remember one time we Did you hear that. That was a cuckoo
    and I thought cuckoos were just made up for like the sound of music
    they’re like actual cuckoos like a bird called a cuckoo did you know there’s a
    bird called a cuckoo why you laughing did you know yes you didn’t know there’s
    a Kingfisher though yes of it I’ll film this one this one’s not even been seen
    yet ok pressure I’ll show you this much ok just to be at
    a sneak peak for Scott I just make the teas. finally Hi Munchy are you in the basement flat Should I get alice for the top flat see if it
    holds up structurally and so today three of our different experience draws to a
    close it’s been a nice day yeah nice day yeah we haven’t moved the
    boat so we’re still in our lovely mooring spot and we even though it’s
    been raining and very grey we’ve picked up a tiniest bit of solar power at
    charge somebody checks the solar powers like the first thing that happens when
    we more up is she checks all of the things it’s not true because anybody
    knows that there’s no point in checking the battery charge when it’s charging
    because it shows an elevated number of volts Wow thank you for making us all
    smarter so we had a nice time at the floating market even though it wasn’t
    officially on because of the rain stopped play because anybody that’s been
    following us will know bad weather is really disrupting our crafts enjoyment
    listen big shout out to everybody who’s been clicking over to the art by Anna
    Marie Channel know the art by anna marie website because the channel hasn’t had
    anything uploaded in ages she’ll be working on in the next couple
    of weeks yeah but thank you so much to everybody who has purchased prints
    because that means that somebody has to go to the post office tomorrow so coming
    up in tomorrow’s daily cycling to the post office also thanks we picked up a
    couple of extra patrons yeah thanks for that yeah I really appreciate it
    unexpected and lovely like like yourself like yourself thank you
    further big thank you to all the extra people that have subscribed to us over
    the last couple of days because we have seen a spike and as a result we will be
    doing a special five thousand subscriber giveaway. Giving what away? I don’t know
    what we’re gonna give away it’s gonna be a painter cuz we obviously haven’t
    discussed it but coming soon to a wonderful narrowboat channel near you
    that’s this one just to be clear and they’ll get to pull the names out of the
    hats and we haven’t done that in such a long time
    five thousand please and then we do a giveaway yes I like that idea
    um we might even be filming it tomorrow we might have a giveaway tomorrow yeah
    but anyway thanks for watching and we’ll see you again maybe tomorrow

    Tooley’s Historic Boat Yard on the Oxford Canal | Through The Hedge #5
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    Tooley’s Historic Boat Yard on the Oxford Canal | Through The Hedge #5

    August 21, 2019

    hi welcome to today’s episode we have
    Matt hello Or Matthew he said I could call him Matt absolutely he’s our best
    friend now and sorry about that to our other best friends we are going through
    the hedge today to see Tooley’s boat yard so come with us one of the reasons
    the boat yards really famous is obviously the Tooleys that you know are
    very famous on their own but one of the reasons why everybody knows about the
    boat yard is because there’s a chap called Tom Rolt he had he was basically
    a mechanic and he was an engineer and he specialized and had built built cars and
    he had a garage but he didn’t like the way cars being mass-produced so he sold
    his share the garage and he bought a boat which used to belong to his
    uncle called cressie and he knew the Tooley’s and he bought his boat here to
    have it restored he wants to become a writer so he wrote he came here started
    writing about the toolies and what they were doing to his boat and restoring it
    and the boat is thought was a bit odd to see he was pitting a bow he was first of
    all converting a a narrow boat into a livaboard and which is an odd thing to
    do anyway but then to to to make it even worse he put a boat a bath on it as well
    for his wife which the boaters thought was absolutely you know completely
    extravagant thing to do is like have a pool or something you know they thought
    was completely extravagant then he wrote all the characters and all the work they
    did in the dry dock and the plesters in the Forge and his journey when the
    waterways and the state of the canals and this became
    catalyst for setting up the Inland waterways Association which obviously
    campaigned for saving the canals and reopening them so the reason why we’ve
    got a network now to cruise on is because of Tom Rolt and his book and it
    all started here with them bringing their boat to the Tooley’s so that all
    happened in the dry dock here that’s where it started if that something
    interests you there is so much more here and there’s so much in you know
    interested in the boatyard and there’s so much history and we’ve got lots of
    really interesting facts and information and my personal story of running this
    yard I’ve put into a book called forging ahead the history of Tooley’s
    boatyard and that covers the complete history from the the canal arriving at Banbury through to modern times here and it talks about the characters and the Tooley’s, Rolt and the personal stories as well now this workshop here it’s
    dated in 1930s and it’s all made out boat hulls you look in there that’s all
    budworm from the bottom of the boats where they were sitting in the water the
    toolies took over the yard in 1900 they were farmers. Basically Emmanuel Tooley took
    over the bought some boats and he became what was called a number one which is a
    sole trader which owned their own boats and they got paid per load they
    delivered and they delivered coal and oh no they didn’t they delivered pig iron between Coventry
    and Sammerson’s foundries So they would delivery pig iron to Coventry and they’d bring sand back to the foundry and then George Tooley took over the yard around 1900 this is the paint state from basically the nineteen well
    the workshops of the 1930s but basically it’s paint really from 1950s all the
    white leads and red leads and all the good stuff you can’t use these days but one
    of the interesting things is this door this door was made of planks of a boat
    called a fair trader and came into the dry dock to have the back cabin replaced
    and they recently reused the wood to make this door one of the interesting
    things is is that if you look at the door itself this is where they’ve been cleaning
    the brushes and there’s a layer of paint on the door there which is about two and
    a half inches thick so that was a Tooleys door for cleaning their brushes and this
    is belt of machinery shop and this is where they used to make all the metal
    parts of the boat so the machinery dates from about 1890 so it was secondhand to
    the Tooleys. we’ve got a lot of volunteers who’ve been helping us and it’s actually
    the Banbury model engineering society who actually stripped all these machines
    down and restored them all so they’ll worn and working order working slowly
    but we’ve just fitting motors to them so we’re gonna be running full speed and
    using them as well the way this works is over in the corner it takes a belt up to the ceiling and then from the ceiling it
    turns this wheel and then the wheel comes turns across your head this
    bearings at the top and holds the top it turns that wheel at the top and that
    comes down to this rather there’s bench and there’s a rather impressive circular
    saw which is on this bench which is least used for actually cutting the
    planks This is the dry dock it dates to 1788 well actually no
    doesn’t because we changed our mind we said it was 1788 but we changed our mind
    to 1778 and again you have to find out from the book if you interested in that
    one basically it’s a dry dock and it’s very
    unusual for dry docks to be dry and if you look at the floor it is actually
    bone dry docks or works extreme very very well the way it works is that at
    northern end there are three heavy wooden planks might hold back the water
    we lift the top plank the water comes into the dry dock and it fills up in
    about five minutes we’re going to replace the rest of the
    planks take this planks out and we then bring a boat in and we put it into the
    dock and tie it off with ropes we then replace the planks and we pull
    the plug and the plug is a drainage sloose in the corner of the drydock which
    takes the water off to about two and a half three hundred meters away
    once it’s outs we wash the floor we wash the boat and we generally do hull
    blackings in the last 15 years we’ve done one and a half thousand boats for the
    dry docks that’s around a hundred a year so on average about one every three days
    this boat here is in for a complete paint job it’s in for six weeks and
    that’s a stripped back to bare metal and a full repaint of the boat the other thing I wanted to ask about is
    the old wooden boat that we’ve been moored up next to Yes we can talk about that Do you want to go inside it this boat here was
    called Hardy and it’s a boat built in 1940 by nurses so it was probably built
    for the war we don’t have things like moorings which bring income in like the
    other larger yards as a commercial yard is very very small and we’ve also got
    the element of the general public as well so that has also adds pressure to
    us which isn’t very profitable as it was so but we still want to do all that side
    of it and it’s really important to show everybody the boatyard so one things we
    want to do is to hark back to the days of the Tooleys and they were they ran a boat
    yard which was famous for wooden boats and restoring wooden boats so we would
    like Tooleys to go back and start looking at wooden boats and working on them more
    and we are actually have plans to actually build the outside of Tooleys
    will be building brand-new wooden hulls on the site there are boats around like
    this like Hardy around the system now we wanted to get a an old boat to restore
    and we wanted to boat with some ties to Tooley’s but we couldn’t really find one
    in the time frame we had and we found about this boat Hardy up
    at Braunson it was sunk and had been there for 4 years and it was in danger of being
    broken up so we went up and we raised it we’ve we got off the canal bed floated it, patched up all the holes and decided we’re going to have the boats and we we
    salvaged it pretty much and we brought it back to Tooleys where we’re actually
    restoring it in the meantime we just so happened find out that actually Hardy is
    a local boat and they used to deliver coal to banbury and actually which is
    absolutely amazing and I’ve got photographs of a moored outside the dry
    dock and it’s rather bizzare so it’s really really crazy one of the reasons
    for lifting this boat up was to actually say to everybody look there’s these
    historic boats all the way around the country which are sinking or sunk they
    are falling apart and they’re being broken up and this is our history and we
    should not that this happened so we should do something about it and so by
    raising Hardy we would like to bring some publicity and some attention to the
    fact that this is happening and we’d like the future of Tooleys to actually
    address this and to try and rescue some of these boats which are being destroyed Due to the interest in the boat yard we get a lot of people asking questions actually part of our remit is that
    we show this to the general public so recently we’ve actually come up with the
    idea of actually doing an open day in fact that we are actually opened mornings from
    10 o’clock until 12:30 and that’s on every Saturday and it’s free and you can
    come along and you can come into the boatyard see areas of the boatyard you
    wouldn’t see normally you can go to the dry dock and you can have a look at the
    boat in there you can go into the forge you can see a blacksmith and some of the
    volunteer blacksmiths as well doing demonstrations and we also have a guided
    tour and we’re for guided tours we do that for donations as well and then you
    can be shown around the boatyard and be told the history of the site but if you
    don’t want to have a guided tour you can just wander around and chat to many of the
    volunteers which are here and he will tell you all about the site anyway and
    you go to the belt room and the carpenter store and we also have boat
    trips as well as well so that we’ve got to be charged for those ones as well all
    the money we make on the day of the working museum is actually goes back
    into the working museum itself so if that all happens and hopefully shortly
    we’ll also have our tea room set up here as well we don’t actually get any funding on the
    site at all and I never had received any money actually working with a lot of
    volunteers and we’ve got a great supporter of volunteers but about twenty
    volunteers now who are learning to be blacksmiths who are learning how to
    handle boats and also doing guided tours as well We also are all looking for
    volunteers so if anybody would like to come along and help out then that would
    be fantastic we could really do in fact where we were a network of friends of
    Tooley’s where you can come along and and sign up to be a friend of Tooleys so that
    that would be a really good thing to do okay literally
    here is the gate that Matthews gonna close on us
    Thanks for everything Thank you for rescuing us and
    for looking at our boat and for showing us around the yard and also for being an
    awesome historian that’s kind of what you are isn’t it yeah so and we’re gonna
    put those links to the book below we’re gonna put the links to or everything in
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