Vlog 172: Food Glorious Food

After several pleasant days moored at Hawkesbury Junction on the North Oxford canal side, it was time to go through the stop lock and up the Coventry canal for a short way before turning right onto the Ashby canal. However, I also needed food supplies, so I first headed away from the Ashby to a supermarket about a mile or so south of Hawkesbury.

Start location: https://goo.gl/maps/XmX1PNfyi2auu7ZR7
Supermarket: https://goo.gl/maps/SZZ3R2sUHooCPuwQA
End location: https://goo.gl/maps/cYz7AnMiYPMnnjAX6

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  1. The trick of hanging a fender off a mooring spike when you can’t hang it off the boat in the right place is one I hadn’t come across before, and it’s absolutely brilliant! I’m definitely going to remember that one for when I need it. Cheers!

  2. Your side trip down the Coventry to go to Tesco was most interesting as I plan a trip for 2021 in which I hope to do most of he Warwickshire Ring and the Four Counties Ring cutting off the B & F section but trading it for the LLangollen. Tesco was handy for sure but the best we have seen so far is in Rickmansworth on the GUC at Frogmoor Wharf. You moor right beside the Tesco. It is a 50 ft walk to the front of the store.
    Slowly catching up but I must say the VLOGs are incredibly helpful and informative. The 3 Vlogs on classic engines were great as well.
    Keep them coming please.
    Cheers and Happy New Year.

    • Thank you. Yes, there’s a few spots like that – when I went down the GU towards London, I think it was coming out of Milton Keynes there’s a Tesco right next to the canal, with moorings. Very handy!

  3. Pat Steffens, Oregon City, OR USA

    Hi David,
    Discovered your VLOG a few months ago and have savored the full story of your adventure–parsing them out as a treat after work each day. Your professional experience makes these special. The elements of humor, commentary, timing of clips, pacing of when you are silent and when you speak, and the varied topics, all combine to make these a really special website. Thank you, thank you!

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  4. I just want to say I really enjoy your videos. I recently found them on Youtube and seemed to watch them more often as time goes along…

    I get the loaner thing… I am married and have lots of grandchildren, but my favorite place is all alone in my computer room…

    I hope you keep up the videos…

    Thanks You,

    Iowa, USA

  5. Michael Higgins

    I found the Pump House quite interesting David. I’ve often wondered . . . just what and where is the source of water which fills these canals? I had no idea that one source could be as simple as well water. I imagine that some of the canals utilize a river as their source, but I suspect this is not true of all of them. It would be interesting to know if there is a book published which provides the information on just where each canal derives its’ water from.

    • Hi Michael. I recently added a note and a graphic and a link into my website FAQ page which deals with exactly that! Click on the Questions link then scroll down til you see the graphic (it’s the only one in the FAQ page). Cheers! PS I amended your spelling as requested!

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