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    21. Narrowboat Medical Emergency, First Aid & Accident GPS Spot
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    21. Narrowboat Medical Emergency, First Aid & Accident GPS Spot

    October 18, 2019

    So in this episode I was going to talk
    about how I had completed the plumbing and I had fitted one side of the kitchen
    together but unfortunately on day 2 of my project this week, it all came to an
    abrupt halt, as I had a bit of an incident! I was kneeling down, I had just
    finished fitting some clips onto a batten. There was a angle that you
    would hang a radiator on, now they’re quite sharp, fixed to the wall. I
    wasn’t using any tools, I stood up and sliced the front of my knee open on one
    of the angles from the radiator brackets. So as soon as I realised that the cut
    was a bit deeper and a bit bigger than just a scratch and a plaster, and the
    fact that I knew that I would actually have to go to hospital. I thought, right,
    okay I need to dress it because I need to get in the car and drive myself there
    and I didn’t want blood all over the car. So I cleansed the wound.
    I have got a number of saline tubes in my emergency kit and I cleaned the wound
    out. I then dried it off, I put a gauze patch on top of the cut and then I had a
    roll plaster, wrapped it around the leg around the back of the knee round, round
    and round and then I sealed it off with a bit of sticky plaster, to sort of fix it in
    place. I took a number of gauzes
    that soak up blood with me, just in case it started leaking in the car.
    I am off to A&E because I definitely need stitches. I’ve patched it up
    but it’s bleeding and you can see right the way through to this the kneecap,
    which is lovely! It doesn’t really hurt but it’s about a good, one and a half
    inches to two inch slice, so anyway, off to QMC. I got into A&E, I signed
    myself in and a nurse quickly came out and put a pad on the floor so I could
    put my foot on it. We laughed and sort of, because we didn’t want to get
    blood all over the floor and it would put the other customers off we laughed
    at. Quite quickly I went in to see a triage nurse and he indicated that I had
    patched up quite nicely. I had done myself a lot of favors by cleaning the
    wound and patching it up in the way that I did. He redressed it and verified that
    yes, I would need stitches, which was done by different nurse. I went out into the
    waiting room only a couple of minutes, this was normally about three or four
    minutes between each one of these. Now A&E waiting times can be sort of hours,
    sometimes like three or four hours before you get seen but because I think,
    I think it was because I was leaving blood everywhere I went, they sort of
    speeded up the process for me. Now of course because it is an open wound
    and because it is a bit gory, I’m going to give a bit of a warning now. So if you
    don’t like blood, or gore, or needles going through skin, then look away now
    and I’ll tell you again when it’s safe to look. So you can look back again now. They
    re-dressed the wound and they explained that in about half an hour, an hour the
    anaesthetic that they had pumped in around the knee, was going to wear off
    and the pain would start. So it was important for me to get some ibuprofen
    to stop the swelling and some paracetamol to aid the pain. Well I’ve got my
    painkillers and I’m now back to the car and now I’ve got to get through this
    rush hour in Nottingham before it wears off and I need to get back on my boat.
    What a day! How to stop doing the plumbing. I was going really well but still anyway,
    these things happen but I’m pleased I had a good first aid kit on board, and
    I’m pleased I had my car next to the boat. So I’ve got to go back in ten days,
    to a local doctors and to get the stitches removed and so they can have a
    look at it, but it’ll be fine, it’s just a slice wound, but it’s just quite deep and
    right on the knee, which is a real pain, but anyway. I also wanted to restock the
    things that I had used in my first-aid kit, because you never know when the next
    incident is going to happen. I’m not particularly accident-prone, there’s some
    people that go to A&E or cut themselves every week but,
    it doesn’t happen very often for me. But when it does happen, it usually does
    happen on a catastrophic scale, shall we say but anyway. I got back to the boat
    as quickly as I could, I took some paracetamol and I just took
    it easy and for the last couple of days, I haven’t really done that much. Bending
    the knee has been a bit difficult because the skin stretches on the knee
    but I’ve let it, I’ve opened it up, I’ve taken the plaster off the top and let it
    breathe and it’s healing quite nicely. Meanwhile life on the River Soar
    carried on as normal. When I returned from the hospital,
    Molly clearly knew that something had happened, as she barked at cows on the
    other side of the water. Now she very rarely barks, this was unusual for her
    and showed she knew something wasn’t right. There’s probably different levels
    of first-aid kit that most people have in their home. There’ll be the very, very
    basic, which will probably be a five-year out-of-date tube of Savlon, and a box
    of half used plasters, and that’s probably about it! Then you have like a
    family kit or a traditional green or red bag kit, which will have quite a lot of
    necessities, or like me I have quite an advanced first aid kit. I always have
    done, I went around the world backpacking when I was 20 and I thought it was
    important because I went on my own, to have a good first-aid kit. So it stemmed
    from then. Since then, I have worked for 999, the emergency services, in the
    British Telecom call centres, so taking the 999 calls and dealing with those, and
    then of course whilst working for BBC News I’ve been out with many fire engine
    crews, ambulance crews, police crews and air ambulance. I was with them for two
    weeks and I got to see a lot of different surgical scenarios, where
    people have impaled themselves, they’ve cut themselves
    and all sorts of different levels. So I’ve always kept a good first-aid kit.
    With my first-aid kit, I have four main areas. The front pocket has things
    like scissors, gloves, wipes, antiseptic wipes, the sorts of things that you would
    need first of all. The middle larger pocket, top left has saline solution.
    They’re in tubes, so I can quickly get them out and flush out either an eye if I’ve
    got something in my eye, or flush out a wound. Clean it, much better to use saline
    solution than water for example. On the right hand side of the first-aid kit
    I have melolin wound dressing, I’ve got eye patches. I’ve got PFA dressings which
    would go directly on a wound, all different sizes, from quite small to
    medium to large. I’ve also got a an emergency bandage. At the back of the
    main section, I have a good first aid manual. It’s from St. Johns Ambulance and
    it’s the tenth edition and it’s quite detailed in all sorts of different areas.
    In the left pocket I have all of my sterile bandages and fabric dressing and
    triangular bandage for arms and that sort of thing. And then the final pocket
    is not for me, final pocket on the right hand side is
    actually a first aid kit for Molly. You never know when dogs are going to get
    injured. I had a previous Labrador called Sash,
    and we were just out for a walk and she obviously trod on some glass or
    something sharp and she sliced one of her pads on her foot, clean in
    half, limping away, when I got her back to home and I got out my
    dog first aid kit and we sealed up the pad, I cleaned it all out and I put a
    bandage on and it healed up really nicely. Of
    course injuries with humans and dogs are very similar, but the bandages have to be
    a little bit more robust because dogs have a habit of wanting to bite them off.
    So that’s in the right hand side. Now, I also have a small first aid kit for when
    I go out walking. Really tiny, fits into a pocket or hangs off a belt. It’s got all
    main essential so, scissors, antiseptic, melolin dressing, a bandage, a bit of
    antiseptic cream, some tweezers, plasters, all sorts of things that you would need
    if you were out walking across the field or out in the woods. Nice and simple. If I
    was out in the middle of nowhere and this incident occurred, I would have
    to deal with it myself. Part of my first-aid kit I do have some
    sutra stitches, which are basically very, very sticky, tacky strips. You
    would, I would wash out the wound, pull the wound closer together and sutra
    stitch over the wound and that would enable me, a bit longer to either move
    the boat to an area where I could go to an emergency ward, or to an area where I
    could get to a road and call a taxi or get on a bus. It’s exactly the same as
    other stitches but it would just take longer to heal. All of those sorts of
    things I do have in my first-aid kit because you just don’t know what’s going
    to happen, with me on my own, I could be out in the wilderness. I like traveling
    out & mooring up in rolling countryside, my mum always takes the mickey out of me,
    because I say rolling countryside, so that’s for you mum! But I like mooring up
    in areas where there’s no one around, where there’s no vehicles, where it’s
    lovely and quiet. However those areas, when you have an
    incident away and you have an emergency, are a little bit more tricky to deal
    with. Now, a mobile phone, when you dial 999,
    which is the UK emergency number or 112 which is the pan-european
    emergency number, both of those go through to the same call centre. I know
    that because I used to work in that call centre. Neither has preferential
    treatment over others, it’s a bit of a myth that if you ring 112, you
    get through quicker, it doesn’t, it goes through exactly the same. If you looked
    at your phone and I’m with EE and I could see there was absolutely no
    reception, there is a system within the United Kingdom called ‘camped on’. That
    means whenever you dial 112 or 999, it will use other services mobile phone
    reception. So for example, if I had nothing on EE, I could dial 999 and if
    there was a neighbouring network available, for example Vodafone, it would
    use that service and that’s called a ‘camped on’ service. They can’t phone you,
    you can’t phone anyone else but it’s purely there for 112 or 999 emergency
    calls. Now a couple of years ago, I took my previous dog Sash for a walk, I was miles
    and miles and miles away, I like going on sort of quite rural walks with with the
    dog. Sometimes I camp out overnight, get a
    little Jerry stove and all that sort of thing. I went for a walk,
    fell down this bank. It was almost like sliding down the bank into like a
    scruff area, where there was some woods and I thought to myself, as I sat in a
    bit of a heap at the bottom, I wonder what would actually happen here if I had
    broken my leg, or I had broken my femur or I’d broken my arm, or something quite
    drastic. I had no mobile phone reception and it was probably quite likely that
    there was no other coverage there, so how on earth would I get out of that
    scenario? Yes I could drag myself up the bank but then what do I do? I can’t drag
    myself for miles and miles, especially if I’ve got a broken femur or
    an open wound somewhere and it occurred to me,
    what on earth would I do? Exactly the same scenario if I fell in the engine
    bay or I fell over something in the boat or I fell down on the towpath, but
    miles and miles from anywhere. I have one final emergency get-out bit of kit, and
    that is my SPOT. The device is battery-powered and there
    are five different buttons on it. You can enable the GPS tracking and it’ll update a
    Google map of my position at set intervals. The OK button can be used as a
    check-in, to say you’re about to set off and here is my map location for example. The
    custom message button could be for arrival info. If there was a non
    life-threatening situation but I needed help, I can use the help button. I could
    press this and it could let my contacts know I needed help and give my exact
    location via GPS satellite. In the event of a life-or-death emergency, I can lift
    the right flap and press the red SOS button. The GEOS International Emergency
    Coordination Centre provides my GPS coordinates and information to local
    response teams. It’s for emergencies only. But does give me and my family that
    final peace of mind that I can get help if nothing else works. I’m not saying you
    need all or any of the items if you plan to live afloat. I’m just indicating what
    I have and why I feel it’s important to be prepared when navigating on my own, in
    rural locations. All the items I’ve discussed are detailed in the
    description below. So if I have an accident again, let’s hope I don’t, but if
    I do I’m pretty sure I have all my bases covered. I either have a very good
    emergency kit, I’ve got a mobile phone that can ring or if worst case scenario,
    I’ve got my SPOT. So let’s hope it doesn’t happen again and let’s just
    crack on with getting the rest of the episodes out. My knee is
    fixing up quite nicely, I let it breathe and it’s healing, doesn’t really hurt
    anymore but it has stopped me from bending over and doing quite as much, but
    that shouldn’t be for too long and hopefully the next episode will be back
    to normal.

    Royal salmon fishing on the Thurso, Scotland
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    Royal salmon fishing on the Thurso, Scotland

    October 13, 2019

    [Music] Wednesday morning and the last day of the
    Ferrari Macnab – We’re staying at the world famous Ulbster Arms on the banks of The River
    Thurso – Before breakfast Chris takes me down to the bridge for a bit of a pep talk and
    to enjoy the views of this famous stretch of water so often enjoyed by Royalty – And the line will come round onto the dangle
    and there is a back eddy where the line will go slack and the line starts coming towards
    you naturally. There’s also some advice from Dougie reid
    who has been fishing this water for 40 years…I then get a crash course in casting – and cue
    the Rocky-type monatge of me getting stronger – casting longer may be not.. lets get on
    with it and head to our beat,,, lucky number 4! We are quite optimistic this morning. The
    weather is lovely the water is in great condition and I think over 20 fish were banked yesterday.
    There is quite a lot of positivity. There was somebody who was fishing this week who
    had never fished before and caught their first salmon. So it can be done. Whether the gods
    are smiling on us today we will have to wait and see, but we are going to give it a good
    go. Although it looks cool we leave the ferrari
    plus rod on the bank near the hotel…I wonder what would happen to it of we did 200mph with
    that strapped to the bonnet??! Like a boxer about to enter the ring – my
    trainer and manager man handle me preparing me for the first round. Tentativley I creep
    out into the river – fish are jumping all around me and within 15 minutes I get a take
    – what a moment !! – Wow……..No!………I just had a take……I
    could actually cry now. What if that is it. What if that is the only fish that comes anywhere
    near all day. I am actually shaking. Despite all the advice to wait when you get
    a take my years of trout fishing meant I snatched at the rod – and my salmon has gone…. It is a long way to be here. But it all feels
    worth it now even without landing anything. I think it is a pretty special place to end
    the film. I don’t know why I am saying that. It is 10 o’clock. Another 7 hours fishing. Half and hour later Chris shouts to us that
    he’s in – he thinks it’s about 6lbs – what a moment – it’s so exciting – people try for
    years to catch salmon…Chris takes it in his stride Well done. I want to weigh it. Cock fish. What did I
    say it was, a guess? 3 or 4 lbs. Hook in the mouth. Hook’s out. 4.5 – 5 … 4.5 not a bad guess was it? Can I touch it before it goes back. Notice the cape on its nose there. That is
    where it has been in the river long the cock fish tend to get a cape, hook. It is bleeding
    a little bit, nothing bad. What I will do is put it in the water. Working it backwards
    and forwards to get water through its gills. And he will let you know when he is ready
    to go. That is what I am doing now. A lot of people
    put them back having fought them for 15 to 20 minutes and recover it for 10 seconds and
    then let it go because their hands are cold in the water or something silly. Fish welfare
    is the priority. He is ready to go. There you are. He’s swam away. That was good. Worth the journey for something like that
    then Chris. Yes, all good. Just got to get you one now. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We have seen
    a lot of fish moving up and you know both flies are fishing over the top of fish and
    you are in with a chance and sure enough Chris said he has missed one and then 3 casts later,
    2 casts later bosh straight in. So fantastic. First wild salmon I have seen banked. Just
    makes me hungry to get involved. I too head back into the water and a change
    of fly – then incredibly – I’m in… This time I make no mistake. Coming up stream. My heart is about to come
    through the front of my chest here. Have you noticed how the normal drivel that comes out
    of my mouth has stopped. I’ver never been so focused in all my life.
    The guys on the bank want me to describe what’s happening but I just can’t… Ooh – feel the tail slap the line can’t you? After 10 minutes of terror Chris nets my fish,
    and what a fish … and I’ve done it – 3 species in 3 days, from one end of the country to
    the other… in a supercar. I can’t believe it. There we go just in the
    bottom of the mouth. Here it is. My first ever salmon. Here on the river Thurso. Beat
    4. The Ferrari Mcnab we have done it, I can’t believe it. 3 days ago didn’t give us a hope.
    I’ll keep hold of it for a while. I think it will be quite tired. We see the salmon safely back into the water
    – no trophy for me just the memory of a knee tembling moment that will stay with me for
    the rest of my life…something I’ll tell my young son about when he’s old enough to
    understand. Relief and torrential rain pour down on me….I
    hooked a salmon and now salmon fishing has hooked me – I’m straight back in the river. For the next few hours Chris, John, David
    and I just grin at each other… then Chris says he has a surprise for me – a chance to
    fish on the Thuro’s private beat with Head ghille Dougie Reid – What a privilege and
    what a place! So what is a full spey cast then? Well it’s a double spey swing….swing and
    swing. But I am only half doing it. I am not doing it the proper way. Spey fishing is merely
    done in the rivers, spey casting. We are fishing quite a special beat on the
    river today. You are, you are on the private beat. Which
    belongs to Lord Thurso. The Queen Mother used to fish it when she was alive. She came up
    here every summer and stayed at Castle of Mey and the Thurso was her little treat and
    she used to love fishing. And Prince Charles still comes and fishes it. It is a beautiful spot isn’t it. It is a lovely spot. The private beat is unique
    on the Thurso. The rest of the Thurso is quite open and flat. This bit is lovely. Dougie is another one who still gets the salmon
    shakes after all these years. It just makes your knees tremble and I still
    get that feeling. Even today after all those fish. Even after all the fish I have caught. I don’t
    know how many fish I have caught over the years. I never kept count, but I enjoy it,
    I love it. At the begining of the 20th century the river
    was damed which meant the water levels and the fishing could be maintained for longer.
    It also meant there was a huge obstacle preventing the salmon from reaching their spawning grounds,
    so a fish ladder was built at the same time. So these amazing fish have already had to
    swim over 20 miles to get from the sea to here. They get here. They have got the fish
    ladders built in here to protect them from the flow of water and allow them to get up
    stream and into the loch. Their journey is not done here they still have to go all the
    way up into the hills behind me to get to their spawning ground. They are an amazing
    fish. On the way back to beat 4 for a few final
    hours fishing we see a scottish red stag – our cornish red was only 48 hours ago but we’ve
    crammed so much in it feels like a week. We may have completed THE Ferrari Macnab challenge
    but there’s somewhere we feel we need to be in order to complete THE journey – John O’Groats
    half an hour north of here. Again there’s a fuel stop to keep the V12 singing along
    as we head for the UK’s northern coastline. The weather remains dry and bright, the Ferrari
    looks fab next to the famous sign post. I feel exhausted but so chuffed. So many people
    have helped me with this mad event and I still can’t believe it has actually worked out. So here we are John O’Groats, the end of the
    line for us after 3 amazing days. We have done 1500 miles, we got our 3 species. We
    have done the Ferrari Mcnab and the best news of all. I have just been told it is 755 miles
    to drive home and I can’t wait. [Music]

    Boaters urged to stay out of flooded Vermilion River
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    Boaters urged to stay out of flooded Vermilion River

    October 10, 2019

    laughter yet the Vermillion River is closed to boat traffic the river is above flood stage not because of flooding along the Mississippi or the Atchafalaya but because of recent wet weather here’s Katie Easter with the story new tonight at 10:00 the Vermillion River is a popular place for votes but this weekend it’ll be empty so we just advise people not to get on the Bayou not to get on the water David Shermie CEO Bayou vermilion district says the river has been above flood stage which is ten feet for the past two weeks unfortunately with all the heavy rain we’ve been having lately it’ll probably be quite a while before it gets below ten feet now I’m just looking at the website and I probably won’t be till sometime next week that the water will go below ten feet sure me says boating on the river can cause issues for residents water when the water is this high the wakes go into the people’s backyards and contributes to erosion which is not very good you know you know it deteriorates people prop people’s properties so wake isn’t the only reason sure Mia is advising people not to go onto the river but you know there are people on the buyer I’m aware of that and they really shouldn’t be because like I said first of all it’s a safety issue the water is moving very fast you know it’s moving two feet per second which is may not sound a lot but it’s actually twice its normal speed you know pretty sad people won’t enjoy the river here but there are a lot of other waterways nearby that people can get out you know Shirley also warns it will be difficult for emergency crews to respond that’s because all three boat launches in the parish are currently closed in Lafayette KD Easter KGC TV 3


    BOAT FROM FILLING FOAM – How to make a boat from FILLING FOAM – DIY

    October 3, 2019

    Hi guys What’s up? I’m the Interesting and I’m Ficus As you can see it’s still very hot outside that’s why right now the water attracts us the most Today we’ll make a super cool boat Boat from filling foam We wanted to make such a boat for a long time and finally we decided to do it We bought a large amount of filling foam and we’re ready to translate this idea into reality and if you haven’t subscribed to our channel yet Do it right now by clicking the button below So let’s get started These are also filling foams, actually it was in a box, but when we were driving, an axe fell on it and broke one container. So it got spread over Looks funny Well, apart from this mess, we’ve got 40 bottles of filling foam, which is about 35-42 liters in total volume Wow! Well at first we’ve to make the framework and to do this we’ll use such a thin grid just to give some kind of a form to our boat. If we just use the filling foam, then it’ll become all messed up. Alright, so now we need to cut it for the bow, then for the width of the boat to make the sides, which we will fasten with ties Do you think we will succeed? Yes, I think we will. Just if we guess the length correctly. Hey, what are you doing there? I’m trying to get those apples on the top But why not the ones below? Well, those are tastier although this one is not bad either And now we’re making the board of our boat We will fix them here with such small ties. This is probably the smallest ties I’ve ever seen Guys, I can’t understand the system. When you look at the fan it spins so fast that even the blades are not visible, but when you look into the camera it seems that the blades are spinning very slowly I don’t understand the paradox. If you know why, then do write it in the comments. See what a cool framework we’ve got. Of course it’s very light right now, if we put it in water, it’ll immediately sink. but this is just the framework, we need to fill it with the filling foam. if you turn it around like this You get something like a cage in which you can keep chicks. Yes, my mother does so when she buys broilers, she has such a square grid, similar like the shape of our boat, she keeps the chicks there. It’s Lifehack for those who want to get tan in a cage Now let’s proceed to the foaming Firstly, we’ll fill the oilcloth, then we’ll put the framework on it, and then again we’ll foam it. This is for the framework to enter the middle of the foam, as if it’s immersed. Because if just foam it in the top, then it seems to me that the construction will be weak. The first layer has already dried up and become so hard It’s nicely stuck to our framework. And now we will put the second and the third layer We’ll also have lifebuoys in our boat, but have you ever seen a black lifebuoy? Therefore, now we’ll paint them in orange. In order to paint them quickly on both sides, we tied them to the rope, and in such a suspended state we will paint them. It’s a huge donut, Remember in the Simpsons the cops used to eat them constantly. Well, this time we took the right filling foam, the one we took earlier when we made our first boat with filling foam and Styrofoam. In these bottles, there is much more foam than the one which we took last time. Is it Tytan? Yeah I’m wondering how many people will fit into this boat. Ficus says that now it’s absolutely not ready to get in water, it can’t even withstand one person Well, I think that 4 people can easily get into this boat. So, what do you think write it in the comments and we’ll see it later. For the first time I’ll draw the YouTube icon without a stencil because we don’t have a flat surface, well I hope I get it right We want to hang this rope on the board of our boat, because who knows if anyone falls into the water. we will also have the lifebuoy there. Our boat really turned out cool. We’ve a friend who’s going to evaluate our boat Yeah, hi dudes, I’m here to evaluate this boat. The whole boat with filling foam! Have you ever seen something like this? This boat reminds me of a casserole. Casserole? Well, yes, there’s something like that Yeah, really My marshmallow is ready to sail, or better to say casserole. Wow, superb! Okay get in, now I am delighted! You know what’s really cool? What? That you can sail far away, lie down and just look at the sky. But, is it soft? Yeah Do you know what it looks like? a piece of dried dough It looks more beautiful when you sail away far in open landscape. There the red light from the sunset falls, which is behind the clouds, you look at the waves and they appear to be as red and after the motorboat passes the waves turns so big Weren’t you afraid? No, especially it’s cool when the boat swings on the waves That’s it, now even I want to sail. We’ve boarded You know, I can’t describe the beauty of this boat, but its really practical for sure. It is 100% practical That’s true Because it is very capacious, and holding nicely on water Wait, now there will be waves, be careful. Now we have a cool boat. We’ll keep it with yourself. We can constantly sail on it, or can go fishing. Ficus, you are our motor. Going for a clash I’m alive, I was not eaten by catfish Guys look, at that boat sailing over there…looks really interesting There on the buoy it’s written 123 – I think this is the depth, but Sergey says no I think this is some kind of yardage of a city or something like that Well, yes it could be What do you think, Alex? Yes, it could be designation of some routes And now we want to try to get one more guy in, and see if 4 of us can fit in. it’ll be interesting to see if it can withsatnd us. It really withstood 4 of us, this is cool. We have decorated our cheese casserole with candles and now we will have a real fire show Guys, we didn’t expect that we’ll get such a cool boat And we are very satisfied with the fact that we managed to do it And me and Ficus will constantly using it now, because I think it will live for a long time So if you liked it and think that it is practical then be sure to give it a like. Yes, and write in the comments with what should we make our next boat? Or what house we should make next? It should be something unusual. We know you have lots of ideas, so just write them in the comments and we’ll surely try one of them. Also be sure to subscribe to the channel And click the bell to know first about our videos. Thanks for watching See you soon Bye


    Dangers of Swimming In Missouri River

    October 3, 2019



    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.


    Willy Watt Marina and Blackthorne Lake Marina – (resident boaters)

    September 22, 2019

    Around Great Britain there are over four thousand miles of
    inland waterways In amongst them- – are vessels licenced by the Environment
    Agency – and the river and canal trust. Some of these vessels are liveaboards, – and the whole unique community exists
    afloat. Lets have a word from Clive “Hello , clive hodgson here – – from willy watt marina and blackthorne lake marina.. – we’ve got a marina here with er 200 moorings dry dock, slipway, hire boat,day hire boats,um all good fun on the river here,you can
    go boating from here up the river nene all the way to Northampton,or down to peterborough Right then clive so this is the sister river of the great ouse i believe,is that correct. Yep yeah, the river nene yes,it joins up with the ouse – down in the fens,through the middle levels. Boatings a great fun,come down and give it a try,have fun with it – it’s all good fun on the day out. Thank you very much Clive. “Right so your name is Kirt sir” – “Yes,and i’ve lived on a boat now for seven
    years, moved out of my house and um – bought a narrowboat,that big red one down there”, “Right” Lived on and off here now for seven years,went to milton keynes,soon moved back here because it’s such a lovely place to moor – yeah got this lovely countryside around us – it’s a really nice atmosphere down here,
    loads of nice new people down here when I moved in there were only 4 or 5 boats down here it’s filled up really quick in the last four or five years and yeah ,people move on here and generally
    don’t wanna move off”. “Right ,Right it’s very laid back is it, nice and relaxed” “Very laid back yeah it’s um,yeah it’s just a lovely place to live,out of the hustle and bustle of the – towns and cities and yes it’s nice,really nice – i don’t think I’ll ever move back into a
    house now – i’ve made my home,and when i wanna move it,i’m two ropes away,and i can move off – as and when i need to,if i ever want to and um yep got my little dog down here with me aswell. – Alfie – he thinks he owns the marina He has been with me now for seven years, he’s fourteen nowadays,so yeah,he’s losing it a little bit,but we look after each other”. “Hello there how are you”- “I’m very well thank you” “And what is your name” “My name is pat” Pat i see,and you live here on “cootamundra” No i don’t live on the Cootamundra Wattle,but i used to own the Cootamundra Wattle – oh right – and i named it the Cootamundra Wattle because i love the town of Cootamundra right ”and cootamundra is in new south wales in australia” – and you want to know why we like living on narrowboats ”yes please” life on a narrowboat is absolutely wonderful it’s just lovely to be in the countryside,wake up in the morning ,look out on the water – especially in spring when you see all
    the birds and they all have thier babys with them and it’s just and lovely way to live, not
    that we want to advertise that form – of living too much because we don’t want the whole of everybody moving onto a narrowboat ”right” you do have to be a bit careful,because if you have to many possessions,you do find that you do have to get rid of some of them,which can be a bit hard – but overall it is a brilliant way to live peacful, people who live on narrowboats
    are also very friendly very pleasant very nice people who are
    a friendly group you never feel alone even though you have
    your own little house to live on i can totally recommend it as a way of life – ok thank you very much.