Vlog 101: Straight Cut

An episode in which I spot an escaped cow, a swan hinders my progress and I send a hireboater to their doom.

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  1. We’ve recently discovered your vlogs and have been on a bit of a binge watch never realising that we’d be featured – look at us we’re famous
    We’re enjoying the sunshine pottering along on our share boat Avington just as you leave Nantwich
    hi now as we never noticed back then
    Loving all the vlogs and will look out for you along the way
    Dave & Jane

  2. i dont understand your commet about throwing the local fish back when u catch them isnt the idea is to eat them when u catch them

    • In the open sea or on private fishing lakes that might well be the case but on the canals and other inland waterways of the UK there are very strict rules about what can be taken. All native species must be returned (as I understand it but I’m not a fisherman) and all non-native species must not be returned. Fishing on the canals is for sport only, not for food.

  3. I believe those single “lock style” gates have a particular use, from the past. Going south from Birmingham we saw quite a few of them and then saw a board explaining their use.

    I could be remembering it wrong but as I recall they were from long ago. The way they worked was to close the gate and allow the water to build up on one side of the gate, then open them to allow a boat to float along with the flood of water heading down the canal.

    An early way to help boats move along the canal with a little less effort. There’s quite a few of them on that part of the Worcester and Birmingham. All very old and disused.

    I’m going on memory from a few months ago, I did a little googling and couldn’t find anything about them so could be wrong though!

    • Sounds a little odd, inasmuch as soon as you let any water start building up against a lock gate, it’s pretty much impossible to open it due to the pressure … you could open the paddles I suppose. Either would be terribly bad practice in terms of water conservation. Intriguing!

      • The reason for the lock gate by the bridge coming out of Nantwich is indeed to act as the equivalent of stop planks. The canal through Nantwich goes along a rather high embankment, so the possibility of a catastrophic breach draining the canal is rather high. The lock gate will be much easier and quicker to operate, reducing the loss of water.

        (I’m slowly catching up with past vlogs – only 100 or so to go!)

  4. Always look forward to your vlogs. They are practical and immensely funny . Do you get troubled by midges or mosquitoes on the canals ?

    • Thank you. You do get some insects, flies etc buzzing around but they’re not hugely troublesome apart from the odd spot where they congregate and get in your face (often in locks!)

    • We live in Malibu, California. I do have family in Tring and Nottingham, Worksop and Yorkshire but, I have never heard of a “MIDGES”. What is it, please. Just found this Guys Vlog and Youtube info.Take care guys. Yes, he is very funny and smart. I bet he was a great Journalist!

  5. Another great video. I think that swan was looking for trouble; another feathered ruffian.

  6. Roberta Stanger

    I so much enjoy all off your vlogs. Always look forward to the next one. California Girl

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