Vlog 171: Travelling Man

At last! The lines have been taken up, the mooring relinquished – yes, let go entirely – and I’m off on my 2019 cruising adventures starting with a trip up the North Oxford canal to Hawkesbury Junction where it meets the Coventry canal.

Start location: https://goo.gl/maps/bq3huomNoosdhWoBA
End location: https://goo.gl/maps/XmX1PNfyi2auu7ZR7

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  1. Lowell B. Strong

    I am 80 years old and retired in Thailand and really enjoy your postings. Thank you and good luck in your travels.

  2. I very much enjoyed this one David. The San Francisco hat looks good on you with the pin. Funny comment about Kath and how slowly filling the water tank went ;) I’m curious about something. Your boats name Wreyland? I’m guessing that many of the boats carry the namesakes of former Commercial Interests which may go back 200 years, however, I suspect that many do not. Can you comment on your boats name and where it may originate from? I thought if I were to move across the pond and be fortunate enough to own and live aboard a narrow boat, perhaps creating a fictitious name Higgins & Co. would be a smart name for my boat. Now . . . not because I’m proud of my last name, but because it reminds me of the Bookstore Marks & Co. in the wonderful movie 84, Charing Cross Road. You see, here in the US, we would never say “Co”, rather we would say the full word “Company.” Another cool colloquialism the British use which is so endearing. Thanks for this one David ;)

    • The boat was named by the prior owners. Apparently Wreyland is a tiny village (hamlet even) somewhere in Dorset where they liked to spend time. More than that I don’t know, I just wasn’t ever bothered to change it! Higgins & Co sounds like a good narrowboat company name for sure :-)

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