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    There and Back Again: A Narrowboat Zero Gravity Adventure
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    There and Back Again: A Narrowboat Zero Gravity Adventure

    October 14, 2019


    (SAXON) – Right, so how are you doing?
    (EMMA) – I’ve had butterflies all day but they seem to have subsided. Basically, we’re going on a journey to
    get our gas installed and it’s gonna take us about three days to get there –
    we’re not quite sure yet. (EMMA) – Of course it’s raining…
    (SAXON) – Of course!
    (EMMA) – I’ve been really nervous
    cuz we haven’t had the engine (EMMA)- we haven’t – we ran the engine a
    couple of days ago. . d we haven’t (EMMA)- We haven’t actually been out of here for a couple of years – (SAXON) Three. It’s three years. We’ve checked the fuel and there’s no sign of diesel bug, so fingers crossed… I felt a lot better after checking the
    fuel – basically, because this marina is on a river – quite a fast powerful
    river – it’s always a bit nerve-wracking going out…
    (SAXON) – It’ll be fine! (EMMA) I just don’t want the engine
    to stall on the river. (SAXON) – It’ll be fine!
    (EMMA) Once we’re through
    this stretch I’ll be fine. (SAXON) We’ve only got about two hours to do today so it all should go fairly smoothly. (EMMA): – *quietly* Yeah! Okay, we’re underway and and it feels it
    feels nice, but it feels very very odd to actually be be in motion. Have a look at this! (SAXON): How are you doing? I’m nervous. Engine sounds fine, but… you know… Anything could happen! (*laughs*) (SAXON): Confidence! (SAXON): They’re really hassling us now. (EMMA): Oh my God! (SAXON): Whoah! Are they getting violent? I – I think that adult swan is begging! (SAXON): Okay, so how are you feeling about the fact that we just we just moored and like got one bit done? Well, the river was absolutely fine, completely uneventful, lovely. We did the two locks that we needed to to get here. It was five o’clock when we left the first lock – it’s now six forty. (SAXON) Yeah, we had a bit of a nightmare mooring here… (SAXON): It wasn’t nice. I reckon we might have spent forty minutes of that trying to moor up! (*laughs*) (SAXON): It’s all fine! Yeah, I wondered why not
    many boats moored down this bit of the stretch, why they’re all further up, and it seems to
    be because the bank is full of stones that have sort of tumbled down, and and we kept getting
    stuck – and – trying to move it a bit and trying to pull and nothing was happening… (SAXON): No fun. Yeah, but I don’t think we can moor further up because there seems to
    be a lot of construction going on up there. Yeah, I don’t want to go
    down there and then get stuck and then have to go all the way up and turn around.
    (SAXON): Yeah, not doing that. Yeah, so we’ll just cope down here. We’re a little bit away from the bank but not too far. (SAXON): And now we eat! Thank God! I’m *so* hungry! (SAXON) – Okay, this is the point where I actually need to start sounding intelligible. It’s 8 o’clock in the morning. It’s 8 o’clock on Tuesday morning, and – Ooh, and there’s a boat going past! Well, that was unexpected. This is one of the many unexpected things about the boat not being where it normally is,
    which is taking some getting used to. Yeah, we’re hoping… I’ve already had a
    little bit of breakfast. We’ll be having some scrambled eggs in a minute, We’re hoping to be able to get ready to
    go fairly soon – maybe a little after 9:00. Probably a little bit later
    than that, depending on how things go but because we’ve got a fair amount to do
    today. It actually occurred to me that one detail we haven’t sort of explained yet
    is that we’re doing this journey without electricity and we’re also kind of doing
    this journey without full-scale plumbing. We do – the sinks are in, so we have a way of getting rid of water but none of the taps actually work yet, so we’re having
    to basically just bring all the water with us. We’ll be stopping
    off at a marina today so we’ll be refilling a lot of the water bottles
    we’ve got and… yeah. It’s a three-day journey – no electricity and no plumbing! Excitement! But yeah – I slept okay last night – I was a bit up and down but
    because we’re sleeping on an air bed so that’s fun Looking forward to eggs, and
    looking forward to getting moving because today is the day… we need to get
    a fair amount done. There’s a distance that we need to cover
    today that it would be helpful because we don’t want to run into problems
    tomorrow but… Yeah. And I don’t know if you can hear it but in the distance someone
    is banging metal which is very nice for just after 8 o’clock. So, yeah – I think eggs, and then we’ll be getting into action fairly soon! (SAXON): So, I guess the important question is…
    where are we? Zouch Lock! (SAXON):Why is it called Zouch Lock? I don’t know. There is an Ashby-de-la-Zouch but I
    don’t know whether we’re near it. It was very grey when we were on
    the Trent but it turned into a lovely sort of late afternoon evening. (SAXON): Yes, look at that sky! Look at that sky. It’s 7 o’clock now, so we’ve moored up, just in time before the Sun sets. We needed to push it as far as we could today because it’s a long journey and the Trent took longer than we hoped it would. It was faster the other way, when were going in the direction of the current! (*laughs*) But, yeah – this is where we hope to get to and we’ve managed to get here so I’m happy with that. (SAXON): Hurrah! It is the morning of Wednesday the 11th of September. Time is getting a
    bit difficult to keep track of. We did not have as good a night’s sleep last night as we hoped. Both Emma and I are feeling not
    wonderful this morning, it’s probably about
    7.40-ish and we’ve got a lot to do today.
    I was kind of hoping that Wednesday was gonna just be a be a relatively gentle
    day where we would have gone most of the way and we’d only have maybe like three hours of travel to do or something.
    We are not in that position because we pretty much have to do the amount of
    travel we did yesterday and that was like nine hours so today is gonna be a
    bit intense. Basically, ideally speaking, we want to be sort of next to the boatyard where the LPG install is being done tonight, so that the boat
    handover can happen tomorrow morning, and there’s just an intimidating amount of distance between where we are now and
    where we need to be. And it’s a rather bleak and windy day, just to make life even more exciting. Yeah, we’d forgotten how demanding this can be, especially because we haven’t really had a lot of opportunities to – well – there have been some enjoyable times in
    the journey but also there’s very very much the sense of “we need to get here by
    this point”, “we need to get here by this point”, and yeah I’m looking forward to
    the journey back because we don’t have a time limit so we can basically take it at whatever speed, relatively speaking, we want to – even though we really don’t want to be
    spending more nights sleeping on this damn airbed than we have to. So that’s the situation – I’ve no idea if we’ll actually have the opportunity to
    film anything else today because it’s gonna be one of those days when the
    priority is just getting the amount of travel done that we need to get done, and
    everything else is just gonna have to wait. Hopefully I’ll be able to
    do an update tonight and hopefully it’ll be like “we had a busy day and it was
    intense but we got there in the end”. I guess we’ll see. (SAXON): Well hello! (SAXON): So, it’s it’s
    about 11 hours since we set off. (SAXON):How are you feel… (*laughs*) I think we’re both feeling pretty tired! Yeah, we’ve decided we’re gonna try and
    do this over three days instead of two on the way back because today
    was absolutely exhausting. (SAXON):Yeah, it was too Turns out the River Soar gets
    really really twisty after Loughborough, which probably doubled the amount of miles we had to go. It’s just – it’s ridiculous – it’s
    just like you know you turn your boat one way and then you have to turn it
    another way and then turn it back and they were just parts where we were
    worried about getting around, and tree branches in the river… (SAXON) I mean… it was lovely! This is the thing – there was some absolutely
    gorgeous scenery that we saw there, but it was also a bit like wandering through
    the jungle on a boat and every so often we just had to sort of wonder whether something was just gonna, like, loom out of the undergrowth
    at us. It was a difficult day. Yeah, it was lovely and sunny most of the
    afternoon. The winds got quite high for a couple of hours which made doing
    the River Soar particularly scary, but it’s just so pastoral. (SAXON): Yeah, it was a day with a lot. We went through a lot of
    locks, some of which were really quite deep and scary, and mostly
    we just we just sort of… I remember this from the boat holiday,
    when you’re traveling intensely, it’s like – I don’t want to
    travel like this when I’m living on the boat! I’d like to pootle along for a couple of
    hours and find the next mooring spot. I’m not gonna do like 12-hour days. And we had a fantastic time at the at the services at Loughborough… (*laughs*) We needed to use the Elsan and
    fill up our billion water bottles with some more water, but… there’s
    like there’s a code thing on the Elsan and the WC… (SAXON):To briefly explain, with most canal services you have a specific key that you can use that’s
    supposed to get you in everywhere if you’re one of the special
    people who have the key! We had the key! …And there was a code as well that nobody
    told us. (EMMA): Fortunately there was a boater moored nearby and we went and knocked on their door and they actually had the code so that was that
    was brilliant, after a scary few minutes trying to figure out what to do – I
    guess we would have had to call the Canal and River Trust,
    but when when you’re on a bit of a timer – we didn’t
    want to be hanging around trying to get numbers and things. And we had a *full* loo.
    (SAXON):Yes! It was very full! That was a hairy moment. And
    then, the the basin at Loughborough – I was too nervous to try and turn around in it
    because it was quite tightly packed with boats, and it’s not very big.
    So I ended up having to reverse out and up about, what, fifty yards. (SAXON): It was more than that…
    (EMMA):A hundred yards? up to where… there’s like a junction that turns off from where the
    basin is, and that was the least fun ever. Just, you know, wandering because you
    don’t have steering when you’re going backwards so we were just wandering back
    and forth we canal, yes. Going on all the places where you don’t want to take your
    boat where there’s all sort of reeds and rubbish… (SAXON): But we made it and
    tomorrow morning we hand over the boat (SAXON): and everything will be fine… And then we have to do it all again backwards! (SAXON):Yay! And that is where the record of our journey to Thurmaston ends. Thursday morning was basically a bit tense and fully focused on just getting to the boatyard, so we didn’t really have any time to film.
    But everything went fine – we got to the boatyard, we handed the boat over and
    then we were able to just go and and rest. The LPG install was being done by
    an engineer called Chris Williams and he was brilliant all the way through the
    process, very helpful. We’d originally discussed possibly picking the boat up the following day because he’d actually said that the install was probably only
    gonna take about two days. So, we thought “Right, we could
    pick it up on Friday the 13th and start the journey back!”
    We’re so glad we didn’t do that, because we were exhausted. All that intense traveling, combined with
    not getting fantastic sleep, meant that we just basically came back and were so happy to say “We’ll pick the boat up on the Monday!” And yeah – so that’s what we did.
    We had a weekend where we were able to catch our breath, and then we
    were dropped back at Thurmaston on Monday morning. We picked the boat up, had a look at the work that had been done, and were very very happy with it – and
    then, it was just a matter of setting off and beginning the journey back to
    Nottingham. (SAXON):How are you doing?
    (EMMA): I’m doing okay.
    I’m very hungry We’ve got to sort of wait until we’ve got a
    point where we can stop and eat. (SAXON): Yeah we’ve got lots of locks happening at the moment (EMMA): Yeah, so it’s a bit bit difficult to
    prep some food and eat. We probably should have prepped some
    food before we set off We’ll get our heads around that as we get a
    bit more experienced.
    (SAXON:) Yes we will – it’ll all be fine. (SAXON:) Are you happy with the progress so far? (EMMA): Um, yes – it seems to be faster in this direction, or maybe that’s because we’re less stressed or but the river is flowing in this
    direction, so it seems to be making a bit of a difference which is good. Also, we’re taking a day longer to come back than we did other way because it was a
    little bit too stressful. It was two very long days,
    so yeah. Hopefully we’ll be able to moor up by mid afternoon this time.
    (SAXON): Where are we aiming for? Well, we’re hoping to stop at Barrow-upon-Soar because we need to use the services there anyway. It did look busy on the way down but as
    we’ll be arriving earlier we might be able to get a space. (SAXON): Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. (SAXON): Right – so what have we got here? (SAXON): Oh God. (SAXON): Oh dear.
    Oh dear. (SAXON): It’s all fine, it’s all fine.
    Not scary in the slightest. (SAXON): Oh my goodness gracious me. (SAXON): Carefully, we let this wind back down.
    Brake back on. (SAXON): this is the other thing about these
    locks – there is just a ridiculous amount of clambering around in high places… (SAXON:) Okay! (SAXON): There we go! (SAXON): Oh! Careful! (SAXON): Okay, right.
    Chuck it, chuck it! (SAXON): Okay. I’ll just bring you in a tiny bit more… (SAXON): One more time… (SAXON:) And I’ve already given you
    the windlass, haven’t I? (SAXON): Right, I’ll give a push to the front. (SAXON): Fine, okay! (SAXON): Okay, let me scoot – sorry… thank you! (SAXON): You happy with that? It’s Quarter to 6 and we have moored at
    Barrow-Upon-Soar, and it’s so nice – we moored at 4 o’clock and we’ve had
    almost two hours of being able to do stuff and it’s still daylight!
    We didn’t have this last week. it was quite It was quite intense…
    this a nice change, isn’t it? Yes – I think we’re here earlier than 4,
    you know. I think we were at the services for like Quarter past Three or something. (SAXON): Oh yeah, it should be said that the services are like about 100 meters in
    that direction or so, which is not bad. (EMMA): Yeah, it’s really civilized – we can top up with
    water tomorrow before we go anywhere. how (SAXON): How are you feeling about how it’s gone? I was stressed earlier because we’d had a sort of a stressful journey
    down. But it’s it’s been nice and tranquil. We’ve moored up, we’ve got everything sorted
    while it’s still light, we don’t have to do any cooking or anything now. So we
    could actually go for a stroll! Yeah, I guess – I mean we are gonna go for a
    stroll in a moment, and one of the nice things about today is –
    today has had a lot of what I’m looking forward to about boat life because we’ve kind of had the
    opportunity to properly enjoy it. There wasn’t – I mean, God, especially on like the
    last main day that we did on the journey down, it was *so* relentless because we
    knew that there was a point that we needed to
    get to, because we needed to do that handover over in the morning and it was just…
    The stuff towards the end of the final big day last week – the stuff that
    we did today – is quite tough. There’s like a sort of a two to
    three hour stretch where we had four locks, most of which were quite close
    together, and honestly – it was quite tiring just doing it this morning when
    we were fresh and we hadn’t been boating for two days, so I’m not entirely
    sure how we got through that… (EMMA): And then the really really windy bit…
    (SAXON): Oh, talk about the windy bit! (EMMA): There’s a really really windy stretch between Barrow and – mainly Montsorrel Lock but… it goes on perhaps down to Cossingtton, the windiness… (SAXON): There’s a lot of very extreme
    turns to do there… (EMMA): Yeah, so you’re having to do this with the tiller – behind you, obviously. But when we came down it was really windy when we were doing it so we were sort of getting buffeted all over
    while we were doing these bends and we almost crashed into someone.
    He came flying around this blind bend… (SAXON):Oh, that guy! I remember that guy! That guy was not stopping! (EMMA): Yeah and he just like put us into a right panic – I had to fling it into reverse because otherwise we would have just gone
    straight into the side of him, because he just came past so fast.
    (SAXON): But today was much better.
    (EMMA): Yes. I mean, I’m not really looking forward to doing Barrow Deep Lock I know it’s very deep It’s a very deep lock, and deep locks scare me.
    Looks make me nervous – I’m not used to locks yet.
    It will get better. (SAXON):Yeah, but we’re doing okay, and we’re gonna go and have a stroll! Yes! (SAXON): You alright?
    (EMMA): “Barrow of Treats” – internet cafe and sweet shop! (SAXON): Oh, fantastic! (SAXON): Before you go in, I just
    wanted to ask – does it feel nice to have come back and find the boat
    still here? Especially since we used pins? (EMMA): Yes, we used pins, it was a little bit soft, but we’re still here. (SAXON): And it’s been a very nice stroll! (EMMA): Yes, it’s been a much more positive experience today. Yeah, we went and had a little explore of Barrow, and found the Co-op. Barrow is very nice and has lots of really nice restaurants and pubs – nice food in the
    Co-op. We’ve just come back and there’s, like, a family of swans being fed just opposite us, and there’s *nine* babies, and then we’ve randomly found a zoo in the next field!
    (SAXON): Yes, there seem to be Alpacas somewhere over there! (EMMA): Yes, there are Alpacas, and a Shetland pony, I think. (SAXON): So, not a bad evening overall? (EMMA): Not a bad evening! So, it’s Tuesday morning. We slept…
    not bad. It’s still sleeping on an air bed so it’s not never gonna be fantastic. We actually had a relatively late start – we didn’t get going until 10:00 a.m,. and
    we’ve done our first lock of the day – it was Barrow Deep Lock and it took an
    *eternity* to fill but we got there in the end. And yes, now we are heading towards
    Loughborough where we will be stopping off to – we’ll be nipping in the Tesco
    there and getting a few provisions for tonight. Today it’s just gonna be trying to get enough distance so that tomorrow isn’t too
    stressful a day, because we’re hoping in theory to get to Nottingham at the
    end of tomorrow and be able to moor in Nottingham in town, and then return to
    our Marina the day after on the Thursday. That is the theory –
    we will see how that goes. (SAXON): So how’s it going? (EMMA): Well, it’s a lovely
    morning! It’s quite cold – I think I need to get some warmer night clothes. (SAXON): It was quite cold last night wasn’t it? (EMMA): Yes, but it’s nice and sunny, and we got through Barrow Deep Lock with no trouble. It wasn’t as deep as I remembered it, but I think that’s possibly because it fills really really slowly and empties quite quickly.
    I think it’s a bit leaky. So that’s out of the way, and there’s no
    locks now till after Loughborough. Yep. Having a nice day! (SAXON): So how are you doing? (EMMA): Pretty good! It’s
    been a really nice sunny day, much more relaxed, nice scenery. (SAXON:) Yeah, this whole stretch has been really nice. (EMMA): We’re moored up, somewhere – there’s a pub nearby called The Otter, and there’s a
    lot of private moorings along that side but this side of the river, it just
    it seems to be pilings for miles. (SAXON): Do you want to just explain what pilings are? (EMMA): I think they’re called pilings. I think they’re also called Armco? (SAXON): Yeah, it’s basically metal that’s like attached to the side of the bank. (EMMA): Yeah, it gives you a nice straight bank, and it’s very convenient for mooring up on, much safer than pins. (SAXON): Yes, because we are
    using as you can see down here – chains! We moored with pins last night, didn’t we? (EMMA): Yes I did have to check them a couple of times. (*laughs* (SAXON): It was fine! It wasn’t a problem! (SAXON): Are you recovered from the slight
    complication we had actually mooring up here? (EMMA):I actually wasn’t that stressed about it – we were just sort of scraping on rocks, and but we’ve managed to find
    a patch just a few yards further down that seems to be fine. (SAXON): It was just briefly scary because we were just like coming in, and I was ready to jump
    off and then suddenly there were these *huge* rocks just under the water, and I was like, “Oh crap, it’s really shallow!” (EMMA): No, it’s good and I’m feeling a lot better today, because I was poorly on the way down which made things much
    worse. And I hurt my hip – I don’t know how I hurt my hip. I
    don’t know whether it was I was just standing in the same position for too long on the back of the boat, or whether I’d like, you know,
    fended off at a lock or something, but yeah, I was limping for a few days but
    I’m doing much better so this has been a lot more
    enjoyable. And yes, I’m looking forward to having some tea and just
    relaxing for the rest of the evening. (SAXON): This sounds very good. Shall we go have our food? (EMMA): Yes! (SAXON): Excellent! (SAXON) It’s Wednesday the 18th,
    and it’s just before 8:00 in the morning and it is a very very lovely, very crisp,
    very misty morning. Had to get out here because
    we were just like looking at the window and going “Oh my god, it’s so misty and
    gorgeous out here.” Cold night. Yeah, that was – I think it got down to about six degrees and – having no heating on top of everything else does obviously
    mean that if you have a six degree night it gets pretty cold about
    4 or 5 a.m. Yeah, we’re gonna be exploring different ways of coping with
    that because obviously, I mean, we will have a heating system fairly
    soon but it’s gonna be the stove and we’re not gonna be able to do
    the stove at all times of the year when it’s a little bit cold, so we’ll figure out things but… Oh God, this is lovely, this really is. It’s just… This is the kind of stuff that we
    dreamed about. This is just like… the kind of concept that sort of been
    keeping us going through doing this. Just the idea of being able to
    like moor up somewhere lovely and in the middle of nowhere… Yeah, it’s really really quiet. We seem to be on a track between between two villages, and
    there are occasional runners but very very occasional. I think we saw
    about five people go past last night. Yeah, dead quiet. Can’t see
    anyone at the moment, and yeah, hopefully we’ll be getting going in the next half
    hour. We’ve got a fair amount to do today – we want to try and get to Nottingham tonight. We’re going to be mooring in town and then we’ll be returning to the marina tomorrow. And fingers crossed,
    it should work because we’ll be leaving the Soar, the wonderful windingness of the
    River Soar is going to be behind us from about late morning onwards and then we’ll be
    back on the Trent and yeah. Today should go pretty well, and it’s certainly off to a very lovely start. (SAXON): Good morning Emma! Good morning! (SAXON): Do you want to say something about how lovely it is this morning?
    (EMMA): (*laughs*) Look at how lovely it is! (*laughs*) (SAXON): (*sings*): Aaaaaahhhhh! (EMMA): (*laughs*) Thank you!
    (SAXON): That’s alright! (EMMA): Yeah, it’s really beautiful. There was loads more mist when we woke up as well, but just… I can’t even see in this direction, it’s just a solid wall of mist and sunlight! (*laughs*) Oh, let me show you something I did wrong last night. This goes to show that you know, we haven’t actually done anything on a boat for, like, three years. You don’t do mooring chains like that. You
    put that one through that one, and tie your rope to the little one, so it makes a knot. (SAXON): Right. Well, you know – A, it’s been three and a half years, and B it worked, so I (SAXON): I mean, we won’t do it like that again but… (EMMA): Maybe there isn’t a right way, I don’t know. (SAXON): Oh no no, you realize
    that’s a very dangerous thing to say, because then immediately people will
    go “Of course there’s a right way!” (EMMA): But then people might argue about whether there’s a right way or not a right way. (SAXON): Ah! Controversy! I like it! (SAXON): How are you feeling about about today, and getting going? (EMMA): Not bad. We’re going to have a nice drive down past the Otter Pub, all the moorings down there, but then we’ve
    got a really deep lock and I’m not looking forward to that. But we haven’t
    got many locks today, we’re going to through like three flood locks… (SAXON): Yeah, which is a relief after the last couple of days because they’ve been very lock heavy. (SAXON): So – feeling good? (EMMA): Yeah. Very sleepy! (*laughs*). Don’t really want to accelerate too much on this
    because this is a sharp turn… Oh look, there’s the Little Ship restoration. (SAXON): Okay…. so how are we feeling about…. what just happened… (SAXON): Or at least, about our arrival
    back in the wonderful city of Nottingham (EMMA): It’s been it’s been quite a
    long day but we managed to get to Nottingham, and we’ve moored up near Castle
    Marina in the city centre. It was slightly traumatic mooring up – not as dramatic as the *first* time we moored up here, on the way… (SAXON): No, exactly! We’re grading on a curve here, okay? (EMMA): On the way, we kept
    trying to moor up where there were rocks and like fighting the boat and… (SAXON): We just mildly brushed a tree. (EMMA): Yes, yes… I’ve got to get better at mooring because I have a tendency to slightly overcook the turn, and the front end went
    out way too far this time, and sort of like hit a tree on the opposite side… (SAXON): Only lightly!
    (EMMA): So we had a bit of a fight with the tree. And it’s very embarrassing when you’re surrounded by other boaters. (SAXON): But it was okay – I got off the boat – got the rope – brought you in… (EMMA): We’ll get better at it.
    (SAXON): Yes, but other than that,
    it’s gone okay, hasn’t it? (EMMA): Yes, yes. I’m very tired it’s been a very long day. And two river locks –
    one of them was deep, but I’m getting better at not being scared of locks. I was scared of a lot of things
    when when we first started boating. I was scared of mooring up – I *should* be
    scared of mooring up again after that! (*laughs*) I was scared of steering, I was scared
    of going past boats, but you know, that’s that’s all long gone. Yes, we’ve successfully navigated many
    boats today without actually bumping into any. (SAXON): Yes – no bumps! No bumps.
    (EMMA): We haven’t grounded ourselves either, so we’re doing okay.
    (SAXON): We are! And what is the plan now? I think – get cleaned up, get changed
    go to Sainsbury’s, and then maybe go into town for some food! (SAXON): Because frankly I feel like we deserve it!
    (EMMA): Yeah, I think we deserve it. (SAXON): We have arrived, back where we started… (EMMA): I feel a bit sunburnt… (SAXON): I’ve asked “how do you feel” a lot at this point, but I guess, especially after that
    mooring… how do you feel? Oh after this morning? Much better.
    I finally got some karma in my direction. (SAXON): Don’t beat yourself up about it,
    you’ve been doing really well. I repeatedly overcooked it on the way here
    but then when we got here… (SAXON): The angle, you should probably clarify… Yeah well – it’s because I can’t
    see the front of the boat and I haven’t quite got in my brain exactly where it
    is, so I tend to sort of turn too soon, when the front is still a
    little bit too far out, which means by the time my back is in, then my front has come around too far and I haven’t quite got the whole slowing down and getting back in thing. (SAXON): You’re doing well! But this actually went okay,
    and fortunately our friend who lives in the boat opposite was on the
    pontoon and was able to give us a hand when the front came in so it all went beautifully. (SAXON): Which did help, but I think even
    if Kate hadn’t been there, I think you’d have been fine.
    But then, I am biased. (EMMA): Yes, and it’s a nice day and it’s over.
    I can relax now. Yes, I’m really tired, and I’m gonna sleep for two days! (*laughs*) (SAXON): Good plan! Good plan. (SAXON): Hello!
    (EMMA:) Hello! (SAXON): It’s two weeks later.
    (EMMA): Something like that… (SAXON): How do feel about the trip? I really enjoyed it.
    Apart from all the anxiety! (*laughs*) (SAXON): Apart from all the stress! I think by the final day I was pretty happy with the whole thing and not that worried about locks
    or anything else. We got back and immediately I was like, “I want to be back on the boat! I really miss the boat!” (*laughs*) “Can’t wait to be on the boat!” The really nice thing about the trip for me was the fact that – we’ve had a rough year. The problems
    that we’ve like talked about before – they haven’t really gone away, so 2019
    has not been easy. We didn’t actually have to do the trip, as well. Just in terms of the way that we arranged the LPG – I mean it would have been possible
    for us to find someone who could have actually like come and and done the job
    here. Chris Williams, the guy we got to do it, he wasn’t set up for mobile travel
    and he sort of said “Well, look, I could do it but you’d need to actually bring the
    boat to Thurmaston,” and we heard that and went, “Oooh”… because that actually gave us a reason to go, and honestly I am so glad we did. Because we could have got a guy in to do the work and not gone anywhere, but this has been such a confidence boost. It’s been reassuring as well because you know – doing something like this for so long it’s easy to slightly doubt if you’re
    doing the right thing. We’ve done *very* little narrowboating and we’ve spent three and a half years of our life trying to do this, and honestly – particularly on the second half – on the journey back, when we have the chance to enjoy it – It was wonderful. And I’m glad that we’ve got that now because I feel like that’s gonna like carry us
    through the stuff that we have to do now and – yeah. Whatever we need to sort of
    deal with from here onwards, we’re going to have the memory of the
    trip to keep us going and remind us of what we’re aiming for.

    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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    #61 – ABUSIVE BOATER and Gongoozlers Galore

    October 3, 2019


    This has got to be the funniest sign
    I’ve seen. “Please moor with consideration to avoid chimney smoke entering these
    buildings.” Hello. Hi we’ve erm… where have we been?
    Well let’s do that all again. Yeah. Hello Cassiobury Park to the Grove. Hello. Hi.
    We’ve been moored at Castleberry Park, which is an old, it’s the site of an old
    former of stately home in Watford. Yeah, the grounds there are amazing. The grounds are
    fantastic. Absolutely stunning grounds. They keep it beautiful, and the canal
    cuts right through the middle of the grounds, so you can moor up in the park
    and it’s picturesque. And you’ll see in the video, we stayed
    there for the full two weeks and then we moved on to a place called the Grove
    which was opposite a golf course. Yes, so we encountered some wolves as well. Yeah,
    we were moored right next to and a farm at Cassiobury Park and there were
    some wolves in there. And pelicans, and flamingos and and
    everything, and we could actually see through the fence to the wolves. And we’ve got a nice little picture
    of a raccoon So that was
    worth seeing, and then we encountered our first grumpy, well not our first but we
    encountered our first aggressive, grumpy boater. We set off before him and we
    were doing the locks at the same speed as him, but he just deemed it that
    because we were a widebeam, we were going to slow him dow. I actually did
    say to him if you want to go in front of me then you’re more than welcome if
    that’s gonna speed your day up, but he completely ignored me. So I think I
    shouted something akin to “Oh well, you’d best forget that I ever said that then
    and I’ll move on.” So we just carried on and we thought, you know, what the hell at
    the end of the day, if you’re gonna be that rude then, it’s you know, it’s up to
    you. We tried to be nice and let you go in front. And he actually only went up
    that one lock. Yeah. We went on another two locks, so yeah, so that wasn’t
    particularly pleasant and we even encountered gongoozlers as well, at the
    first lock. There must have been about thirty. Yeah, twenty or thirty of them, all asking
    questions at one point I had to ask if I could squeeze by to get to the
    lock gates because they were actually blocking the path to the lock gates,
    there were so many of them. And so we got… It was really nice, lots of little children
    wanting to know how things worked. Yeah, it was lovely. That’s “little children” not “lidl
    children.” lidl’s don’t sell children. So, if you
    are going to moor anywhere on the stretch from Croxley to Cassiobury, then make
    sure you stop in the Cassiobury Park stretch. Yeah, because it is fantastic.
    Beautiful walks and just really picturesque. Also, we’ve done, just
    recently, a video on how to clean your stove and your chimney. And if you watch
    the outtakes you will see how grumpy Mark got. But we’ve decided we’re going
    to do a few more “how-to” videos because we are obviously clearly experts in
    everything. And we thought it would be a really good
    idea if you dropped us your comments of what it was that you wanted us to do a
    “how-to” video on. There’s so many different subjects. We had “how to
    do an engine service,” we had “how to moor a boat,” “how to work a swing bridge,” “how to use a tiller,” especially if anybody’s out
    there thinking of hiring a narrow boat for a holiday and is absolutely
    flummoxed by the idea of how tillers work. We’ve got some good little tips on that
    one as well, how to pick up how the tiller works very quickly. So
    yeah, let us know in the comments below what you would like to know “how-to” on a
    boat. So we’ve spent a couple of weeks in Cassiobury Park,
    and it’s been absolutely glorious. hasn’t it Mark? Yeah. did you hear what that kid said? “Can we go on your boat?” I said, ” but you don’t know where we’re going.” Yeah, spent a lovely couple of weeks
    at Cassiobury Park and visiting our son and his girlfriend, which has been really,
    really lovely. Now it’s time to move on. And you can see the leaves are changing
    already. It’s amazing. We had 30 degree heat a couple of weeks ago, and
    now all the trees are starting to turn to a yellow colour for autumn. So, let’s see how far we get today. There has got to be about 30 people there gongoozling. So, this is lock 76. Beautiful little lock cottage. And I can see the
    next look ahead. How leaky is this lock. Lock 76. The pound that we’ve just come through,
    it was empty so we had to let some water down, which
    we have done. The pound above it is fine. It’s really overflowing with water, so
    we’re at two foot down. It was a struggle to get through it. That slows you
    down a bit, when you have to do the locks a couple of times. Not sure why people can be
    so miserable, but we’ve got a very bad tempered narrow boater behind us who, because we’re going up, and they’re going up, they have to empty obviously
    the locks, and we’re quite happy to empty them as well when we come out… he’s got
    really cross saying how were holding him back. We did say he can go in front. He’s
    being an arse so he can stay behind we’ve been
    warned about the next bridge from fellow YouTubers “Never Enough Cruising” who said
    when you go ou,t underneath this bridge, it bends quite sharply to the left hand
    side. So, they’re 70 foot but with their buttons on the front and back probably
    about 72, we’re 65 maybe an extra foot or so at the back. We will see. hopefully
    hopefully we’ll do it. Now how’s that for a water feature in
    your garden? There’s quite a few really sharp corners on
    this stretch of the Grand Union canal. I can’t really see through the bridge but
    I think no one is coming. This is the Grove bridge. Somebodies been doing some magnet fishing. So, we’ve moored up. Beautiful little
    spot. The sun’s quite bright and the Suns just going down now, it’s just about six
    o’clock, we’ve got a golf course on one side and some woods on the other. I thought I’d show you the flowers, and the Chili’s. So, thanks for watching. If you liked the
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    I get a telling off from an Angry Boater at Fradley Junction!

    September 23, 2019


    Good morning. Well I spent the night last
    night here in the village of Alrewas. I think that’s how you say, I’m gonna
    have to ask a local to find out for sure. Apparently the village I stayed at last
    night was called Alrewas. You miss out the L completely. I am going to aim to
    get through Fradley Junction this morning. Even though it’s still quite
    early at the moment quite a lot of boats have gone past, probably about five. One really,
    really early. Sort of about half past five, which is quite early for narrowboaters
    and there’s no time limit on when you can travel. You can travel all the way
    through the night if you like, it’s a bit like driving on a motorway or a
    road, there’s no time restrictions. You’ve just got to be aware of noise and how
    fast you’re going. Like I’m going at tick over and it’s not causing any wake and
    that’s really, especially early in the morning that’s really what you should be
    doing because otherwise people will not only get out of their boat angry, they
    will get out their boat angry and tired which is what you don’t want! [Music] I left the village of Alrewas and
    headed southeast in a relatively straight line to the five locks at
    Fradley Junction. I stopped here for a hot drink and carried on towards Handsacre
    and then the larger town of Rugeley, Armitage Shanks has a factory here, where
    they manufacture bathroom fixtures right next to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Once through
    the town, I make a tight, right turn over Brindley Bank Aqueduct and moor up
    just before Woolsley Bridge. There’s a long stretch of canal before
    Common Lock and I can see lots of activity at the lock. A boat has just
    come out of the lock and it’s only a narrow lock so it won’t take very long to
    fill but I don’t know if they will wait for me,
    or if they will see if they can get another boat through, down and out before I
    get there. Yeah, they are squeezing another boat through so I’ve just slowed
    down a bit, no hassle I don’t want to stress them out by going right up to the
    the lock and I can see the other boat is gradually going down in the lock. So by
    the time I get there, hopefully they will have been down enough open the gates and
    out to come and then in I go. There are volunteers on all *five locks at Fradley
    which is fantastic. [Music] You can’t come through Fradley Junction
    without stopping off at the cafe here. Really early in the mornings it’s great
    for breakfasts. I don’t know if this is the same for other dogs but Molly is
    very, very affectionate. Whenever she lies down she has to be physically touching
    me in some way, either a leg or bit of a back. If heaven forbid I move my leg,
    she sort of shuffles over so she’s got some sort of contact and she’s doing it
    right now. Well that was a very nice coffee at Fradley Junction nice break
    and now it’s time to continue sort of south and then west and then south again. If I’m going up in a narrow lock like this on
    my own, I usually butt the the front of the boat
    up against the plate on the gate and I just have the boat in slight tick over,
    so it keeps it nudged up against the gate. Whenever I’m going through and
    other people are putting me through the lock, I tend to do the opposite and nudge
    up against the the gate at the back, or the stern and keep the boat ever so
    slightly in reverse. So therefore they can just open the paddles as much as
    they like and let lots of water gush in and it speeds us through the lock quicker.
    So if I turn left here it goes on to the Coventry Canal which leads down through
    Tamworth and the bottom of the Ashby Canal and the Oxford Canal and obviously
    down to Coventry but today I’m carrying straight on. Well that was Fradley Junction. I think
    realistically, that’s probably the busiest that junction has ever been for
    me to go through. Some people have said that there’s anything up to three hours
    wait sometimes but luckily, I only had one boat to wait for and I just helped
    them through and that was fine but I’m through now and the rain has held off,
    the clouds around do look like a bit of rain but I don’t think it’s going to
    today so hopefully I’ll have a really nice day. Oh dear, I’ve just been told off by an
    angry boater. Remember I’m solo going through a lock
    and when you have a volunteer sometimes you offer to get off the boat
    and the volunteer says no stay on it because it speeds things up. This one I
    didn’t get off and because I didn’t, the boater that was coming down shouted at
    me. Now there were two on his boat so he’s used to dealing with the lock
    whilst the other person navigates. With me, I have to get up on the roof, get up
    out of the lock to help and that just slows everything down. Now yes, he was
    right I didn’t help the lock keeper in this instance and I did apologise but
    it’s a tough call to make sometimes. Sometimes you do it
    and everyone’s annoyed that you’re slowing them down because you’re up and
    down ladders and you’re on your own, and then sometimes you get up there and the
    lock-keeper says stay down on the boat. So anyway. [Music] In a couple of videos ago a couple of
    people asked me about Molly and did she have a bed or a blanket to lie down on.
    Well funny you should say that because I’ve gone through all of those scenarios.
    She’s had her bed out here, she’s had a blanket to lie on and every single time
    she pushes it aside and lies on the wooden or metal floor. I don’t know if
    it’s because of the warmth from the engine below but she prefers that rather
    than lying on her blanket. It’s even got to the extent of once she sort of pushed
    her blanket into the canal, which I obviously then had to fish out but I’ve
    tried all that. She likes sleeping on the hard surface! At Bridge 61A it gets really, really
    narrow and you have to sort of walk ahead to see if there’s anyone coming in
    the opposite direction because there’s a bit of a tight turn and there’s only
    enough space for one boat it feels a bit like a tunnel. Remember the television aerial I had as
    well as the Wi-Fi aerial or the cellular mobile reception aerial?
    Lots of people were saying that because the TV aerial was at the top and the
    Wi-Fi was further down the pole, the pole would cause interference and not let it
    work as much. I’ve changed all of that around. I did have the TV aerial on the
    pole but the pole became quite heavy because the TV aerial was quite large it
    got caught under a bridge and nearly speared me whilst I was travelling just
    north of Oxford so I took the TV aerial off and it was all bent and twisted
    because he got stuck under the bridge. So that’s gone. I’ve gone back to my MaxView
    aerial which has got an amplifier with it and it works really nicely and
    all I’ve got on the pole now, to make it nice and light is the mobile phone
    reception aerial, or the Wi-Fi aerial as I call it. I have just done a speed check, I
    do it every time I moor up, just to see if there’s going to be problems or not
    because obviously I need to get online and the internet speeds both up and down
    here are fantastic and that is good because tomorrow and the next day is
    supposed to be very heavy rain and I don’t want to travel, so I’m gonna be
    busy editing the next vlog. It’s not like you to bark. So whilst Molly runs up and down the
    towpath and enjoys the summer evening, I’m gonna say hello to the wildlife and
    until next time, I’ll see you later. You can’t just push in whilst I’m saying
    hello to the ducklings.

    62_Cruising to Wigan
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    62_Cruising to Wigan

    September 23, 2019


    we leave our mooring between bridges
    40 and 41 just east of Parbold on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Winding our
    way through the Douglas Valley we soon reach a Appley lock where only the
    mainline lock is in operation. The other derelict alongside it were used as a
    navigable side pond for boats passing in opposite directions. Continuing our
    journey through the Douglas Valley we negotiate one swing bridge the other two
    being derelict and soon find ourselves at Dean Lock where we were joined by a
    Lock buddy for the remaining three locks into Wigan we pass Wigan pier where we moor up for the
    night on the pontoon just after bridge 51 and before lock 87 . So we are just leaving this lovely little spot between bridges 40 and 41 ready for I think it’s
    about a four-hour cruise with at least five locks I think. So we are setting off
    heading into the Sun. Eileen is walking and this will be our journey up to Wigan yeah it’s a lovely morning that’s where we just come from a bridge up ahead see how we go. That trees a little bit old. I think there is actually a bridge under the railway there you don’t see it because
    the bush is in the way but you can’t get through we thought it was a pathway that
    you could walk through and do a little walk but no it wasn’t, its closed up. There
    lovely bridges these ones you can see the this is the old lock there’s a kind
    of a section that goes off here to the left as you can see the old lock there
    and it actually joins back on a bit further up obviously that bits disused
    now and quite why it’s there I don’t know but obviously there’s a reason but it ends up in the same place really
    because it ends up just a little bit further up, which I’ll show you when we
    get there how to put the brakes on because the lock ahead is empty and I
    don’t really see that Eileen is just having to fill it no sorry the other way
    around it’s full and she’s having to empty it. So this is a Appley bridge we
    did a nice walk. When we walked up the Fairy
    Glen we came back down through here across the bridge and back onto the
    canal Eileen is doing the first swing bridge of
    the day. this is a fully manual swing bridge so you have to unlock the lock there and
    then just push it open some of them can be quite heavy I always get worried because there’s a
    chain I don’t know if you can see that there’s a chain on the swing bridge hanging
    sort of down I always wonder where that actually ends up I don’t quite know what
    it does but it obviously anchors something. Go on girl push hard Of we go I think there’s a few more
    swing bridges to come just come to our second lock of the day
    and there are two boats just coming into the lock so they’ve gone down and
    another boats just caught us up so we’ve now got company for the rest of the
    locks so this is a second lock of the day
    there’s about another three before we get to Wigan it looks like we might have
    someone to share it with or to share them with Pat’s decided he doesn’t like having new
    blacking and new paint because now he’s worried about scratching it just like we
    were at the beginning yeah it soon wears off yeah is that true lovie, it soon wears
    off doesn’t it . I don’t know why, except that you put all that effort into painting it then it all gets scratched off. I don’t know what you think know it’s gonna happen yeah, you can’t avoid it. Just try to be too careful sometimes! we were just saying that this is lovely
    having the locks to share with people however you feel a little bit obliged to
    UM travel at their speed and they’ve gone why ahead of us
    and we’re not used to traveling at that speed I suppose the only thing is that
    least they’ll start preparing the lock but when we get there which would be
    nice of course l thought that lady was waving at us? So here we just on the outskirts of
    Wigan. We’ve got another couple of locks to go through before we’re in Wigan
    itself so not really looking forward to it. I do need to get some shopping there and grocery shopping so that all serve a
    purpose . so we’re just coming up to the third lock of the day having to empty it
    again but it’s only a shallow lock so it shouldn’t take too long and we have a
    lock buddy behind us we’ve moored here for the night in the
    center of Wigan just prior to our ascent to Wigan flight 21 locks if you enjoyed our
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    Narrowboat head on at the ‘narrows’ on the Staffs and Worc canal
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    Narrowboat head on at the ‘narrows’ on the Staffs and Worc canal

    September 20, 2019


    hi welcome to the narrow boat experience
    today we are casting off from cross green and we are heading to Whitwick we
    make an emergency stop to fix our horn then we encounter our first narrow boat
    head-on at the narrow and a boat it’s all high drama on the high seas I mean
    the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal let’s bring you guys along and don’t
    forget the cats so we moored up just before the anchor
    in last night which was the absolute best part if we had kept coming down the
    canal we would have found the visitor moorings which had rings if you haven’t
    been to the anchor in check out our last cruising video where we take you with us
    to the pub yes so we had to just pull in to moor up
    quickly because we went through a tunnel- um under a bridge just then and so I
    beeped the horn but the horn didn’t work so we thought best to pull over now and check
    if we can fix it check if there’s any wiring issues because I kind of feel
    like a horn is quite a safety item and we don’t have a deadline and it’s a
    really straight patch here and it’s easy mooring so we could just try to check
    the wiring and see whether or not we could fix the horn on the spot and if we
    can’t then we have to think about getting a hand horn until we know what’s
    wrong with it we also wanted to check that the light works and I know AnnaMarie
    didn’t want to shuffle along the gunwale while we were moving ordinarily I would use a multimeter
    for this job or a vault meter- whatever they’re called but one I can’t find it and – I
    don’t think it worked last time I tried it and I couldn’t find this bear
    batteries so I have a strip an LED strip light that I’m going to connect to the
    wires to make sure that power is still getting to the horn you’re pushing it out are you pushing it down yeah yeah that’s fine yeah yes it is the it is the least loud horn that
    I’ve ever seen on a narrowboat so I don’t even know how useful it is
    so probably the next time we come to a Chandler’s we’re gonna have to buy a new
    horn we are just passing under the m54 so
    another nod to people who are traveling on the motorway
    if you step off the motorway or if your car goes off the motorway into a smaller
    Lane and then a smaller Lane and then you get out of your car and you get onto
    the towpath it’s lovely there’s some art
    it’s actually quite novel being under the motorway and I don’t enjoy it this
    guy likes it this bit doesn’t look very narrow yet
    but we are coming up to Penford rockin’ which is only a boats width wide it’s
    600 yards long there are a couple of places to pass so I’m gonna stay on the
    boat this time and like some narrows where I go ahead and crazy on the
    towpath I’m gonna be crazy on the stern instead and say is that a boat coming
    but we should be alright the horn’s working there’s no sign to one of the narrows
    along this stretch of canal obviously they spend all of their money
    on the signs about the murders in Rugeley and had no money left over for the
    informative signs for this section of canal it’s also not as narrow as Annamarie made out convenient passing spot
    obviously the person coming towards me would have to move over! it’s very cave like this is the sand stone that they had to cut through and this is why they decided to only cut
    one boats width wide they just didn’t have the technology at the time I love
    the fact that we haven’t widened it widened it is one more passing space up ahead
    Oh it’s a bit more narrow and then there’s
    another passing space and a boat
    so luckily there’s coming that there in the passing space
    yeah cuz I put the map in front of me so all the high seas drama today I knew
    we’d find a boat we did the Llangollen and we did the Narrows in winter and we
    never met anybody and the one time I don’t get the one time guys that I don’t
    get off the boat to go check yeah they’re pulled over
    actually has quite a bit of power in these narrows not like in like Llangollen
    where it feels a lot shallower and you’re fighting against a current this
    is ten feet deep so you have enough kind of propulsion to move you along
    10 feet deep? yeah. deeper than most of the canal they cut
    down but not across so there’s a tiny bit of narrowing left
    yeah we’ve had our adrenaline rush I adrenaline rush on the canal
    that’s what it’s like hi dramas hi dramas… on the low waters. so we just had a quick stop for
    Morrison’s which is about 15 minute walk that way and as we are walking back we
    passed on the canal side their owners of narrowboat Holly who shouted out ‘hi’
    and they left us a present on our boat so we’d like to say thank you to their
    owners of their about Holly who we also have boat envy for [music with lyrics] if you’ve been following us for a while
    you recognize this stretch of canal and
    that’s because we have done it before because we came up the
    the 19 locks at Wolverhampton turned onto this
    canal for a very short time turned up that Junction just there on
    the Shropshire union. Last Autumn. if you haven’t seen those videos
    then what are you waiting for playlist which will pop up in the card
    and I’ll leave a link for it Which one is that? Whitewick manor. Oh that’s good to know. I don’t know what the moorings are like. I don’t worry about that I’ll get it you
    jump on okay all right okay all right we’re gonna check out the
    National Trust property then. yeah we’ve had to do an emergency stop not
    far from where we originally intended tomorrow but maybe about 10 minutes it’s
    at white wick luck we have on good authority from an a man that we met at
    the lock but there is a National Trust property just through this head through
    the hedge so we have decided to more up slightly earlier and pop in and pay them
    a visit tomorrow a Wednesday will show it to you this week sometime now I’m
    sure so this is an ideal time if you haven’t already for you to click the
    subscribe button because surely you do not want to miss through the hedge
    thanks for watching thank anyway

    54_Cabus Nook – Garstang by Narrowboat
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    54_Cabus Nook – Garstang by Narrowboat

    September 18, 2019


    So today our journey starts in the lovely cabs Nook, which is situated next to Greaves farm caravan park We journey south down the lancaster canal We pass the smithy leisure park, which is a lovely Caravan park that has moorings beside the caravans Through the beautiful Lancashire countryside with some undulating hills We continue our journey Southwards Until we get to Bridge House marina, which is just north of Garstang Until we eventually more up just within the village centre Everybody morning everyone and welcome to our vlog You join us on an absolutely beautiful day gorgeous in it Yeah, finally we summer may have come hopefully the rains it’s been raining a lot here on the Lancaster since we’ve been here, so we’ve have been a bit limited to movement and and activities but Finally, it’s we seem to have got some sunshine the last couple of days have been great at night Yeah, yeah. Yeah bent a week here on the way up because just to the right of us here is a caravan park and Pat’s sister came over in her Caravan and We had a few days out didn’t we with them? Beautiful scenery across this way, you can see the hills and all that life. Yeah. Absolutely. It is absolutely lovely here So we didn’t mind spending a week here because it is nice glass and branch was a On the six locks was much quicker Going up coming up going down because we had someone with us coming up We didn’t film coming out because we’d already filmed going down wander Yeah, yeah, so we’re moving today. We’re just going down to Garstang today Where there’s some facilities at Garstang? Shopping we would need shopping desperately because there were no shops at glass and down the glass and docks So we and we spent a week nearly a week there, didn’t we? There is a little shop down there. Yeah didn’t get a lot in there dear. No, we did ride up to Lancaster. Yeah It’s a lovely ride up to Lancaster from the glass and docks. Yeah It’s about four miles four and a half miles And it’s all uphill. Yeah But it was a lovely ride and it had yeah and it was surely a lot over the coast and some of it was in like a sheltered tree-lined pathway lots of walkers and lots of cyclists there wasn’t no because it is a recognized cycle route So that was that was really lovely so yep today, so we’re moving on down to Garstang crossing where there’s some shops and we need some shopping. Yeah, that would speak to you soon The pretty flowers on that one It’s quite a nice caravan park there it’s a nice sight But we had friends with us when we were here. Anyway, we’re on our way I can remember it’s quite tight through this bridge Lovely moorings just here With quite a nice view as well across to the hills Lovely Now the tightest pen They’re lovely places right alongside that now with their own more infection Where it’s not bad this one Oh name I bet these demand a premium For being where they are space between them Still very nice I wish you could smell the country air was by Christ. It does slip for this nice So I’ll move over slightly so that they can get by This one’s on a bit of a bend There’s my mates just hanging out Like you do, you know Just hanging out in a field and have a kit now and again and Chew a bit of grass Do some other bits Which we won’t mention it’s a clean channel Coming into Garstang very soon Public life Absolutely lovely place Lots of cruises on this canal marinas are full of them. Not that that’s a bad thing Kaneda Garstang soon I’m gonna be trying to pull into those services over there Though we might have to wait for the Foxes to finish I’ll try and get in front of them Just to the facilities Topping up with realtor and to the rubbishes of such things And then we’d be off a bit further down into Garstang So moored up here for a couple of days and Garstang It’s a lovely little village Didn’t get chance to stop when we were here before So it’s a nice morning except it’s opposite of school, but they go home at three o’clock. So that’s not too bad So we’re off to get some lunch now So thanks for watching don’t Forget to comment down below if you’d like to subscribe if you can and Once you’ve subscribed to them hit the bell button and you’ll get notifications bad videos when they’re released Thanks for watching

    Hire boaters drama movie
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    Hire boaters drama movie

    September 14, 2019


    do you want me to move mine instead because yours has got all these harnesses and stuff on it hire boater: still can’t get around the tree, that’s the problem do you think it would be easier than fiddling around with this still got to shift mine really haven’t I it’s up to you…

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    Rain, Drone Crash & Wasps on Staff & Worc Canal

    August 30, 2019


    Good morning. I wasn’t going to travel
    today but it’s always the way, whenever there’s rain forecast, it doesn’t rain. At Great Hayward I’ll leave the Trent &
    Mersey Canal in the rain and join the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.
    My route curves around Weeping Cross where to the northwest is the town of
    Stafford. I’ll moor up just around the corner from Stafford Boat Club for the
    night. Then i’ll continue south neighbouring the
    busy M6 motorway and through the market town of Penkridge winding my way past
    Gaily Bridge and Hatherton Marina. I’ll then moor up just before
    Moat House Bridge. [Music] So I’m at Little Haywood now. The rain
    has continued. Now, some people will laugh at the fact that Molly stays on the back
    of the boat with me. Now, whenever she’s inside and I’m traveling, she has a
    right old fuss. She sits right up at the front door and she’s puffing and panting and
    she dribbles all over the floor. Basically, because she wants to be out on
    the stern with me. She really doesn’t mind getting wet, it’s not a particularly
    cold day today and I’m sure she will enjoy a good rubdown with a towel later. [Music] Everything is very damp and all the
    clothing’s wet and Molly’s wet. Well that’s the last lock on the Trent &
    Mersey for me. Just up ahead at Great Haywood I’m gonna be turning left onto
    this Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and that will take me all the way
    down to the River Severn. Okay, so the trick is to pivot the point at the
    middle of the boat. If you try turning too soon, well, no.
    It’s more than a 95 degree turn I must say. It’s more like 100, 110. It sort of
    doubles back on yourself. Let’s see. Yes I did it. Hard thrust of Alice and
    I’ve been able to swing round and avoid all that Anglo-welsh narrowboats that
    are ready to be hired which are all sticking out in the water and haven’t touched
    anything, which I’m really surprised at. I love it when canals turn into
    aqueducts and water goes over water. Up until now, I’ve been heading sort of
    northwest towards Stafford but just at this corner it now turns with Weeping
    Cross on the left the river and then Stafford on the other side of the valley
    and now I’m heading south. [Music] This really is what narrowboating is all
    about. Waking up to a fantastic views like this really early in the morning
    and setting off for a day. [Music] This is really nice to see, the banks of
    the canal covered in lots and lots of different types of wildflowers and the
    really good thing is, is the Canal and River Trust, or whoever they employ to
    cut the glass, hasn’t cut them all down. They’ve cut the grass bits but not where
    the flowers are, it’s a really pretty. [Music] Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had
    quite a lot of comments asking me how I plan my journeys. Are there maps, are
    there guides. Well yes there are. A guide that you’ll
    find on a lot of norrowboat holidays is the Pearson Canal Companion guide. It’s a
    map, it’s artistically drawn and that gives a really good analysis of the
    canal that you’re traveling on. It will give you all of the bridges and the
    local amenities and the things of interest to go and look at. I have used
    those but I prefer a more of a map style and I use the Collins Nicholson
    Waterways Guide. There’s a whole range of different books, I will include all these
    books in the description below but the Collins guides are more ordnance survey
    style maps and they give a slightly wider picture around the canals.
    Important for me whilst I’m driving because I need to know roads and towns,
    and where I can park the car. So those are the two map type of books. There are
    lots of others, but those are the two ones that I’ve used. Now online, I
    whenever I’m planning a journey I will first of all look at the Canal & River
    Trust map. I will then look at the Canal & River Trust stoppages map which
    gives a good indication of lock closures, maintenance, things where they’ve had to
    stop the navigation or stop the towpath. If I want to find out how long it’ll
    take me to get from A to B on a canal including locks, including flows of river
    and that sort of thing, I use a website called CanalPlanAC. I’ll put a link in
    the description also. You can put various different locations in and you can put
    waypoints and all sorts and it’ll give you a very accurate I found time and
    itinerary. You can print them off and it will also integrate with the Canal &
    River Trust and tell you about stoppages, it’s very good website.
    And then the last thing I will use is good old Google Maps. I will use the
    satellite map to zoom in on different areas where can I moor. Where has armco,
    which is this metal railing you can just about see that on some Google maps. Where
    I can park the car. Where I can get the car close to the boat. So I use a mixture
    of both paper and online maps. Just coming around the corner there and
    there were lots of high weeds, these weeds and there was another boat coming
    in the opposite direction. So that was a really good opportunity for me to use my
    horn. I’m not one of these people that will use the horn all the time. I’m just
    aware of other boat, they might be having a nice lie in. I didn’t want to wake them
    up but this boat was quite a lot on to my side and I didn’t know if they’d seen
    me. So I gave two little tiny blasts of the horn. It’s not an aggressive blast
    like a big ‘brrrr’ would for me, because be classed as a bit of aggressive and I don’t
    want to be that. I just wanted to alert them, the fact that I was there and true enough,
    they didn’t really realise I was there and as soon as they could hear my horn,
    they moved over. So this lock is quite interesting.
    There’s no bollard for you two moor up on. So if you’re solo navigating and you
    have to leave the boat in the windy conditions to operate the lock,
    anything could happen to it. So I’ve got to keep an eye on the boat as well as
    the lock on this one. [Music] Oh dear. Poor Molly. She was lying on the
    towpath eating a stick and she just so happened to lie on top of I think, a
    wasp’s nest and she started running around. You know when dogs have flies or
    something that land on them and they sort of go a bit mad, she was running
    around and there was a wasp on her head, and one on her back, and one on her leg.
    They weren’t doing anything, they were just sort of sitting there. So I came
    over and flicked them off but she went up and down in a bit of ‘whoooo’. She’s
    perfectly fine. She’s just a little bit wary of coming back out on the towpath
    this evening. Anyway, I’ve moored up. It’s been a long day’s cruising today.
    There were some very dark rain clouds right behind me for most of the
    afternoon and I was thinking shall I moor up – shall I not, shall I moor
    up – shall I not and I’m pleased I didn’t, because I found this perfect place. She’s
    going over to where the wasps are>’Molly’, come on, at this end, they’ll only attack
    you. Yeah I’ll show you them in a second but I’m pleased I’ve moored up here.
    It’s extremely quiet, lovely countryside you wouldn’t think that I’m just north
    of Wolverhampton but I’m gonna moor up here for the night and I’m gonna see if
    I can get some nice time-lapse, and probably do some editing and watch
    a bit of telly. But until next time, see you later.

    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