My ideal canalside home has just come up for sale at Barlaston near Stoke on Trent and the owners are seeking a very particular type of person to buy it. Could it be you? I went for a tour because I’m very nosy.
This is a long sit-down interview I did with the Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust, Richard Parry (two videos)
In October last year (2021), my friends Jo and Michael (plus dog George) completed a four year epic trip around every navigable mile of the connected UK canal network. Along with many of their viewers, I went along to document the final five miles.
On a chill-out New Year’s Day what could be finer than settling back with some excellent YouTube viewing so here I present four other channels that I really enjoy.
Wishing my viewers a very Merry Christmas 2021 and a happy new year; plus bonus content of me in the galley knocking up a chocolate mousse.
In some of my early cruising videos I would moan about how much over-hanging vegetation there is along the canals but it turns out there’s a load of work going on behind the scenes in winter to cut the bad stuff back. This is a look at that work.
This is the terrible tale of how a woman who’d always dreamed of living aboard a narrowboat on the canals has had her dreams – and almost the boat – sunk because, she says, she was mislead by the professional surveyor on whose advice she bought the boat.
Boat life is much like owning a house inasmuch as there’s always something to be fixed or maintained or tarted up. Here’s a compilation of minor things I did around the boat over the last few months, including fixes after the boat failed its four-yearly Boat Safety Scheme examination.
This is a long video indeed. It covers the complete installation and configuration of an additional 540W solar panel along with two new Epever Tracer MPPT solar charge controllers and all the wiring etc.
Built in the late 1700s but abandoned in the mid-20th century, the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canal are currently undergoing a mammoth, volunteer-led programme of restoration. This is their story.