81. What Caused the Middlewich Breach? – Narrowboat on the Trent & Mersey and Middlewich Branch


Hello… Oh my goodness it’s bright. I’m
not complaining I’d rather have this than the rain. Oh yes. This is the reason we don’t do 4k. [Laughs] So this is where we were yesterday… and we’re moving today. Thank God.
Noisiest mooring spot ever, but we are mooring today… a little clue… we are going to do three canals… In one day. No no no no no no no. Three canals in one hour Oooooh! There you go. First things first we’ve got to get
down Kings Lock, that one back there. We’ve got to get some fuel and some coal and stuff, but we’ve got to go down the lock backwards. So we can get fuel. so guess who’s driving? Not me [Laughs] [Music playing] This is the shortest canal in the UK.
154 feet long. So why does it exist? well the Trent and Mersey which is on
your right-hand side was already here when the new cut, the Middlewich branch
of the Shropshire Union arrived here in 1829. The owners of the Trent and Mersey saw
a money-making opportunity and they didn’t want a direct junction with the
Middlewich Branch. They wanted to build this short canal which they charged a
toll to use, so any boaters wanting to go from the Trent and Mersey to the
Shropshire Union, the Middlewich, or vice versa had to pay for the privilege to do so. [Music playing] So that was the Wardle Canal, all 154
feet, 47 meters. What do you reckon? We would have got up there quicker had it not
been for a boat coming down the lock as we came round the corner.
But this is where it brings us out. Wardle Lock, it’s also known as Maureen’s
Lock. It’s a bit of a story attached to this that I never knew about until today. A lady called Maureen Shaw used to live in that lock cottage just behind us and
her whole life revolved around boats and canals, she was born on a narrowboat,
she was adopted by the Jinks boating family and spent all her working life on
the narrowboats and then she retired and spent her final years in the
lock cottage just behind us. She was known as Auntie Maureen locally,
she’d come out and help the boaters with the lock, give advice to people new to narrow boating,
but she also looked after this lock, she was very protective and
woe-betide if you mistreated it. I’d like to have seen a reaction with Shaun if he wasn’t doing
the paddles right. In 2012 when she died working boat Narrowboat Tay, took Maureen
from the cottage here down onto the Trent and Mersey to her final resting place. One of Maureen’s wishes was that we carry on talking about the working boats
of the olden days. We tend to forget that the canals were built for business and
industry, carrying cargo like coal and salt and sand and textiles around the
country. It helped to build hundreds of communities and it helped to develop
some of the massive engineering marvels that we appreciate today. It would have
been fantastic to meet Maureen, Auntie Maureen the boat woman of Wardle Lock and
I’m really glad that I found out about her story. [Music playing] In March 2018, a section of the canal
right here just outside Middlewich, at this point, collapsed. Over 2800 square
meters of the embankment was just washed away down there into the River Wheelock.
It drained the whole stretch of this bit of canal from that lock just
behind us right down to the Trent and Mersey Junction just under a mile away
and it left boats just stranded sitting on the bottom of the canal. It was about
to become one of the Canal and River Trusts biggest engineering challenges.
A project to reopen it. It closed an important link on the Cheshire Ring.
The Middlewich Branch links the Shropshire Union canal with the Trent and Mersey a
little bit further east and all this began just before midnight on Thursday
the 15th of March 2018. Nobody knows exactly what caused it, but most people
believe that it was vandals that opened all the pebbles on the upper and lower
gates at Stanthorne Lock and then down Now somebody at Wardle Lock a mile further down
near the Trent and Mersey. Now somebody noticed the open paddles on the
Wardle Lock and closed them, but nobody checked the paddles on the Stanthorne Lock
further up, which was still open and that meant all the water coming down from
Stanthorne Lock have nowhere to drain. So that mile-long pound started to fill
up and eventually over topped the canal at its lowest point right here next
to the aqueduct. So the overflowing water started to wash away the towpath and
before long seventy meters of the embankment had collapsed leaving this
massive crater and according to the institution of civil engineers about
four and a half million gallons of water washed away 2,800 cubic meters of the
banking. It quickly drained this mile long pound between here and Wardle Lock,
it left over a dozen boats stranded and somebody must have been watching over
this guy, he was fast asleep while this was going on and his boat was left at a
right precarious angle just a few feet away from where the embankment collapsed.
The Canal and River Trust had to get a lorry in to lift the boat on by crane
and take it away to refloat it somewhere safe. Just over nine months after the
breach on the 21st of December 2018, this stretch reopened. Its thanks to the
hard work of volunteers and the engineers and the Canal and River Trust
for organizing the work to such a high standard. It looks like part of the canal,
it looks like it never happened, apart from this new bit of concrete you wouldn’t know and it’s a beautiful place to moor,
especially if you’ve got solar panels. [Music playing] Traaaaaaaainn! Sheeeeeeeps! Sheeps? Ooooh, train and then a faster train [Music playing] I hope you enjoyed the trains. Traaaaaaaaiiin! [Laughs] It’s getting on Shaun’s nerves now.
Shall I buy him a T-Shirt for Christmas? No! [Laughs] So we’ve been cruising for a couple of
hours, it is beautiful clear blue skies and it’s been lovely, there was a bit of
ice first thing this morning. Lot of lovely 48 hour moorings, so we’re
going to try and find somewhere nice to stop. These are nice moorings. They are aren’t they,
shall we stay here? Can if you want. [Music playing] Do you remember Tales of the Unexpected? Yes. Where that Roald Dahl thing? Yeah,
🎶Do do do do do do do dooo dooo!🎶 [Laughing] That’s the world of Fox’s Afloat filming,
whenever we get a camera out, we can be in the middle of nowhere people just emerge from boats and
trees and holes in the ground. You can be moored somewhere where you don’t
see or hear a soul for two or three days but as soon as you put that camera on… people start shouting from nowhere. it’s just funny. Do you know what’s done it. What?
Our fancy tripod. Yeah, our fancy new tripod which you can’t see, but you can
probably tell in the picture quality. [Laughing] We are about a mile away from Wimboldsley.
That sounds like something you say when you you’re drunk doesn’t it? Womboldsley! Where do you come from? Wimboldsley. Is that where they play tennis? [Laughing] It’s so lovely lovely mooring, I’m glad you found it funny. It is a lovely mooring and we
we kind of stumbled on it by mistake a couple of days ago. Yeah a couple of days ago. On that side is just like farmland and the railway which you probably just
heard and a farm truck that just seems to reverse all day long, for some
reason he never goes forward, he just reverses all day long.
Beep beep beep beep! Crazy. On that side is Winsford Top Flash. Have a look I don’t know why they call them flashes. I’d like to think it’s what I’m thinking
it is in my head, but I don’t think it is. Another one caused by subsidence from
brine pumping. That sounds rude as well [Laughs] We’ve got to get from here, we’re going towards
Nantwich in a couple of days, but the weather over the next couple of days is a little bit, Nnnn! And a little bit wayyyyy! They say it’s gonna rain and then it doesn’t, and then they it’s gonna be fine and then it rains. So we’re kind of taking our chances and going a couple of hours at a time between
breaks. So today we’re going from here near Wimboldsley, to Church Mins-hull
or Mins-ell or Minshull, there you go whichever pronunciation it is I’ve just covered it [Laughs] Yes, we did just cut something out [Laughs] Are we ready Yes. [Music playing] [Music fading] Hello and welcome to Church Minshull,
Mintshill, Mintshull, Minch. [Whispers] I have no idea. No idea. We’re near bridge 12, which is Eardswick Bridge,
Earswig Bridge, Earwig Bridge. I have no idea. [Laughing] I have no idea. and to be to be honest, I give up. Because it doesn’t matter how you
pronounce it, five other people will tell you that you’re wrong So let’s call the Earwig Bridge in Church Mincey. I don’t know. [Laughing] But we’re here and it’s, it’s beautiful You alright Maud? Cough it up. I’m still dying here. [Laughing] Poor old Shaun’s had man flu… [Coughs] for what seems like the last six months. Yeah. [Laughs] Bless him. and Dillon’s got it as well, When play with Dillon, we tickle,
on a morning he’s kind of all playful and he likes his belly rubbing.
[Whispers] Like Shaun. and when we rub his belly, he’s coughing on a morning. He’s like Yeaaahhh [Makes coughing sound] So here we are at Church Wincey… Wincey? [Laughs] it’s.. it’s lovely. We escaped the showers, we it got a little like drizzly, but we’re all right and it’s a lovely mooring, it is beautiful and we had the whole stretch
of moorings to ourselves. So we moored down there. Somebody moored up behind us
and put the generator on. Why? We have nothing against generators
because it’s winter and you need power and if you haven’t got good batteries
or you haven’t got solar you need a generator. That’s fine, fair enough. But when you’ve got a mooring that’s
got spaces for like 20 boats and you more right on the end of it and then they moor right behind you and
switch their generator on, the loud generator. I don’t think that’s polite
and I don’t think I’m being out of order by saying that it’s not polite, because
if I had a really loud generator and I wanted to moor here,
I’d at least moor away from the other boats. Tell me if I’m wrong, I don’t give a… a Wincey to be honest [Laughs] Thats the way I feel about it I believe in politeness and being nice. Yeah. If we were going to leave our engine on
to charge our batteries up then we’d park… we’d moor away from the other boats. But there you go that’s my rant. Thank you. [Laughs] So Church Wincey today… We’re not very far from Venetian Marina, which is
where we’re going on our next journey down towards Nantwich. But for today and for this
vlog, that is it and the sun’s coming out, lovely. Yeah, Look at that We hope you’ve enjoyed the
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The sun’s coming out. Leave any comments, except on pronunciations or
generators or my rant down below. Or questions, or just chat, we do still
like to answer them all. It just take me all weekend, but I do like to and
anything else? I’m going to put the dinner on. Yeah, we’re having chicken something chicken something. I haven’t decided yet
but there’s some chicken in there. So till next week, thanks for watching.
Take care. see you later Taraaa! No… you can’t say that. [Laughing] When the new cut.. the shrop ye ye [Blows raspberry]
She put me off. There you go Now she put me off. Ahhhh! God why can’t I think of this Aeroplane! and something else that I’ve forgotten horse boat boaters… Arrrrgggg! That was going so well. YAYYYY!
That one was alright. When you’re trying to film
and some people are stood literally six feet away, just standing staring talking to
each other Oooo whose he filming for? I wonder if it’s gonna be on Northwest tonight? Just go! [Sniggers] The man in the boat will be out to
shout in a minute. Back in a minute. [Laughing] Weird Weird Good morning. Ten miles of canal and he just
comes and stands right next to me. Welcome to the world of vlogging. [Laughing] and I’ve forgot what happens next. Arrrrggg! Take three Who I don’t know how I do know how and I can’t remember what happened next. it’s not complicated is it Colin. I’ve forgotten again [Laughs] Bleahh Bleahh! Ramble ramble! aaaand, one more good look. that was all right wasn’t it? YES! that will do thank you goodbye [Music plays to the end]

100 thoughts on “81. What Caused the Middlewich Breach? – Narrowboat on the Trent & Mersey and Middlewich Branch

  1. Merry Christmas guys. Love the stories and the drone footage. Keep up the great work.

  2. My wife and I are some of your newest fans and we love you two!!! We're in Texas and love to see the beautiful scenery on the canals. We dream of spending a year cruising the canals. We'd even love the rainy days assuming we had enough food, diesel and stove fuel!! Unlike you guys we would love the pubs along the way too!!!
    We started on Video 1. and were catching up on your adventures quickly, and we really enjoyed seeing the Silver Fox through all the stages of the build! If you have any resources that you can share about leasing a narrowboat for a year it would be appreciated.
    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!

  3. What a beautiful sunset you filmed!!!

    Yes the generator thing is rude.

    Happy Christmas!

  4. Thanks for sharing Aunty Maureen's story, tales like that are part of our canal heritage. As always a great vlog, beautiful sunset and very funny outtakes as always. Have a great Christmas and new year guys. P.S. I think you have the right to tell him where to stick his generator.

  5. It’s called Sod’s law ! Things happening when you get the camera out. Another great VLOG, hope you guys have a great Christmas wherever you choose to spend it πŸ‘ and just think of this from today the days are getting longer always a turning point in Winter for me.

  6. Another great vlog lads good content hope you both have a great Christmas πŸ‘

  7. Mad top gun piloting skillz Colin, and a Merry Christmas to my three favourite boaters, Shaun Colin and Dillon

  8. Wishing you both a very happy Christmas. Thanks for letting me join your journey, both on the canal and with promoting mental health issues.
    You bring a smile to my face every Friday. Keep happy and may the new year bring you both joy, peace, happiness and many new adventures xx

  9. Another brilliant vlog . Lovely scenery, interesting history and all with foxes humour 😁. Hope Shaun and Dillon are better now. Merry Christmas and happy new year to the three of you πŸŽ„

  10. Really enjoyed this one. I did Maureen's lock in June of 2007 in a 64 footer. The cottage was more newly painted then – all bright and white. Maureen stood in front of the cottage and watched us go through. I remember thinkig "What's she staring at?". I didn't know anything about her story then. Merry Christmas to you both and a Happy New Year.

  11. Fantastic Cant Stop Laughing Watching You two , Merry Christmas To You Both , Great Enjoyable Video 5* NUDGE NUDGE lololol

  12. As always, a great vlog, guys! We have become addicted to your channel. Oh, and by the way, Dillon is the absolute star! Lots of love and Merry Christmas!

  13. Merry Christmas Colin, Shaun & Dillon! x (you know that's for Dillon right?)…….. 19:19 was that aimed at me?!!!

  14. G'day Colin, Shaun & Dylan, I'm A bit later than usual watching the v'log because we had to evacuate on Friday the 20th because of the bush fires raging in our area of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
    Maybe I should rephrase that & say; we had to evacuate "The Chard Wasteland west of Sydney".
    We're back home for the moment, which amazingly it's still intact, as things have settled a bit in our area but we are by no means in the clear as this MEGA FIRE as it's now being called hasn't done with us yet, I fear.
    This drought just won't let go & everything is so bone motherless dry, so when the fire lifts out of the valleys around here it just explodes. It's creating it's own weather which is totally chaotic.
    "ARMAGEDDON", is the only word I can describe it with.
    I'm not sure if people around the world have realised just how the fires are.
    So far across the state over 3,000,000 hectares, times that by 2.5 roughly to aches.
    It's bigger than the UK & Ireland combined.
    Christmas this year is a very bleak one indeed especially for the family members of those who have died & those of the nearly 900 homes across the state that have lost everything.
    Even though the threat has "eased" here, that can & possibly will change in a nanosecond & I may lose mine as well.
    Watching this v'log has brought a smile to my otherwise saddened face, many thanks.
    Give everyone you hold most dear a hug because you never know when they won't be there next time.
    Hope you have a safe Merry Christmas…..Take care & see you soon…..oxoxox

  15. You guys are amazing and have become my new favourite vlog on narrow boats. You are natural in front of the camera, have excellent video and very informative! Keep up the awesome work! I always look forward to each video you upload. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Ottawa, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ β˜ƒοΈβ„οΈ

  16. Another superbly informative vlog. Cheers guys for taking time to do these πŸ’–. As for that chap wandering back and forth, he should make a guest appearance in all your vlogs from now on πŸ˜‚

  17. Made my Sunday …ain’t over yet, but no chance something will top it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ‘πŸ‘ (and you’re absolutely right)

  18. Another great vlog (& outtakes!). Puzzled though why you needed to turn & reverse down Kings Lock to refuel, when you could've turned below the lock, opposite The Wardle entrance?
    Keep up the good work, reminds me of my boating days. Also the winter cruising, used to use mine all year round too on the beautiful Chesterfield Canal. On moving to a mooring on the Soar at Sileby Mill the boat got frozen in !

  19. I'm with you on the mooring up right next to someone and then running the engine/genny/hamster-in-wheel.

    Also those moorings look heavenly. Wish the South Oxford was like that O_O

  20. Firstly, I wish to nominate you for the youtube photography Oscar. Why can't this be a thing? Fantastic camera work guys. Second love your banter. Thirdly I'd be tempted to add something to their fuel tanks if someone parked by me and let rip with a genny. Lastly have a fanbloodytastic Xmas / Hogmanay break. Keep up your lovely Vlog. PS autocorrect wanted granny instead of genny…. I was sooo tempted.. πŸ˜„

  21. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ…πŸ» Merry Xmas from Deb and Ian in Allestree Victoria Australia

  22. You are totally right about inconsiderate owners of generators and that goes for camping in Oz as well.

  23. I live in OZ and my wife and I were on a beach, on an Island, the beach was only accessible at low tide in a 4 wd or by boat. We were the only two on this deserted beach, must have been 10km of vacant beach. Dickhead in a boat came and parked up right next to us, faffin about with his engine and noise. The prick then started taking to us. I suggested we were where we were to be away from people and it would be an excellent idea if he left as it would be a long time before a body was found out there lol.. He left. I dont get why people have to be close to others,

  24. Love your rant so accurate. You should try standing on the edge of a group and just look up at the sky when it’s clear and then just watch how many other people do the same very amusing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. It is your magnetic personality that draws people to you. My father used to do the same, we would leave him on his own looking over a field then shortly there would be others near him chatting away. Nowt as queer as Folk!!! Have a lovely 😊 peaceful Christmas xx

  25. I'd have thought it's just manners to moor away from others if you are running your engine..being considerate.
    My annoyance is people leaving car engines running while waiting to collect others… I live near a pub… It's not the pub's fault.. Once again.. manners… consideration

  26. Similar to your noisy generater tale. My wife and I were the only ones camping in a large field in the Lakes. The field entrance was about 200 yards away. A car came into the field and my wife said "I bet they drive over here and pitch next to us" and sure enough, with a huge empty field to choose a pitch, they pitched right next to us! What is it with some people!
    Love your vids .

  27. I'm back for Christmas and have binged. What a roller coaster!
    Sadness is a part of life, but unhappiness is a whole different kettle of fish.
    Stay happy and healthy – the rest is a bonus. x

  28. good job("stunning sunrise") thanks for sharing lads, hope you have a hippie,dippy,slippy,crimbo,from the wirral,never STOP loving,xxxxxxbobblexxxxxxx

  29. We love your videos. They are always so well done. The sunrise was beautiful!
    Thank you.
    Linda and Rob from Adelaide, South Australia

  30. Merry Christmas to both of you. Love the videos, VERY professional. Keep it goin'.

  31. Great vlog again guys. My partner and look forward to watching them. You're cinematography is excellent and well constructed. We've been following you since you started. Looking forward to next year's instalments. Have a good Christmas and New year.
    Bill and Sue NB Thisldome.

  32. How deep are the canals? That picture that you showed of the canal being empty made them appear shallow?

  33. Well done that man!!! You got me interested in an old woman I never heard of or met…. No one else could have done that

  34. We went through Wardle lock a couple of times but when we went through in 2010 Maureen came out and helped me with the lock and picked an enormous bunch of daisies from her front garden and gave them to me ! I've always loved daisies and they lasted ages

  35. moored here and had cows staring at us have a great photo but not able to attach anywhere

  36. My best wishes to all three of you, and thanks for all the superbly-produced videos, especially that stunning 'sunrise' shot. Btw, is the handle on Dillon's harness there in case you have to haul him out of the canal? As for the unwanted troll, you were too professional. Next time just stare the bugger out.

  37. Merry Christmas guys, yep totally agree about the generator issue. Extremely inconsiderate, but sadly some people are quite self centred these days.

  38. 6:14 It didn't close the Cheshire ring, it was part of the 4 Counties ring. Just nit picking! I whole heartily agree with your hatred of inconsiderate use of generators, should be hung drawn and quartered for breach of the peace!

  39. I have always been puzzled by this explanation for the breach. Wardle Lock (like every lock) has sluices which allow excess water to flow round the lock and down into the lower canal. So if the paddles at Stanthorne Lock were left open, the water wouldn't just build up forever, it would soon start flowing down the Wardle sluices and into the Trent & Mersey. Presumably the level would rise a bit, but the level goes up and down on all canals from time to time. Is that really enough to cause the bank to collapse?

  40. Good one guys. Happy New Year. Surprising how secretive they get when they're older. Kids just rock up and say "What yer filming." I tell 'em "A film." and they go ah and move on.

  41. Merry Christmas guys. I have been following your complete experience
    from the start as well as other narrowboat vlogs. I must say, you boys are the
    best by far. Great content, filming / editing, the good, bad and the ugly of
    life without the drama other seem to believe needs to be in these vlogs. Two
    enjoyable guys sharing their thoughts and life whoΒ just happen to be living on
    a narrow boat. Looking forward to the next one.

  42. Merry Christmas from 'The Great White North!' Its a tad bit chilly here in Canada – so it is perfect Foxes Afloat Youtube watching and listening to Colin's stories from the Cut! Keep up the vignettes and have safe and Happy New Year!

  43. A few years back I was tent camping. The campground was all tents except for one caravan that left its generator on all night long! It was summer and heat was not needed! Just a rude person. They're everywhere!

  44. I remember Maureen’s funeral after seeing it in either Water World or Canal boat magazine. Lovely looking funeral procession.

  45. You two guys have the nicest personalities – and I love the bits of history. Nice too, to hear tidbits like whaat you're having for din-dins…Chicken Something, teehee. We're having Cream O' Whatever. Tomorrow is Like It Or Lump It Casserole. Pickled Bees Knees and Marinated Hummingbird Tongues are staples always on hand, of course!

  46. Great video chaps. Beautiful scenery, super photography and trains…. Plus my Grandad's village, Church Minshull. Many thanks.

  47. Train!!!!!! Just love them so does hubby. I did have hysterical giggles over these very odd people who want to be on your vlog, how bizarre was that? Aunty Maureen was one of the people who inspired me to buy a narrow boat and start exploring the canals, amazing woman. Hope you had a lovely Christmas guys and in case I forget, best wishes for 2020!

  48. Dillon just keeps getting cuter and cuter! 😊 Really enjoying the videos! Thank you…take care!

  49. They have a huge beige army of old people prepared to travel around the country (probably with those OAP bus passes) just to loiter in & out of your shot & stare until it feels uncomfortable. I've found a bag of mint imperials can distract them but have yet to find there kryptonite.

  50. your dog looks like the happiest dog ever with the tail going a million miles an hour in every clip i see your dog in. that guy with the cap in the outtakes was odd to put it politely hehe.

  51. We had a similar problem to your generator man. Someone moored up immediately behind us and then left their engine ticking over for more than two hours with his exhaust pointing directing to the back of our boat. It was summer and we (naturally) had the stern doors open but we had to close them because our baot was filling up with diesel fumes. After a couple of hours, I'd had enough and I went and had words. He said that his batteries weren't holding their charge. SO change them instead of gassing us – or bugger off somewhere else !!! There are thankfully just a handful of inconsiderate people on the cut.

  52. You mentioned at 12:40 the farm vehicle that reverses all day. Well we moored just along from this spot on Wednesday, and I'm here to tell you he starts at 4am. Beep, beep, beep – long pause – beep, beep, beep – long pause. It was like when your neighbour's car alarm keeps going off. I'm sure they are doing some very important agricultural thing but why do they have to do it backwards? It's a shame because this is a very nice mooring, but we will hesitate to stop there again if it means half a night's sleep.

    Anyway, Happy New Year, great vlog and I look forward to following you in 2020.

  53. Hi how long have you been on the boat now in total have you both settled into it. Must be a lovely way of life regularly hire boats and just love the total change of pace of life and how nice people are on the waterways. Still enjoy the quality vlogs and caught up with the earlier ones

  54. Well I must say that you bring a smile to my face in the way you present your Vlogs. Your quickfire methods make for an interesting and extremely informative and yet fun packed watch. Initially I thought this was going to be just a boring video of naming every bridge you went under, but no, laughter, normally at the expense of each other. Looking forward to going through your Vlogs from the beginning.

  55. Great vlog nice to see I live in middlewich 200 yard from the kings lock pub. The drone shots were superb πŸ‘ you should try and get to the boat festival in June to do a vlog (FAB) folk and boat festival. Keep the videos coming πŸ‘

  56. Your rant about generators is correct. The term is consideration for other persons. Re your out takes , they recognise you and want to be on youtube.

  57. I do love the history from your Vlogs. I follow about 4 others canal vloggers and yours by leaps and bounds is the most informative. Thank you so much for that extra effort…Vic

  58. I was on the Middlewich Branch at Wardle Lock with my Dad on a busy summer in the mid-90s(-ish) and a boater coming from the Shroppie direction was worried she found a dead body floating on the canal and if she should call the Police. The woman who lived there was very vocal about what why her husband was so wet that he didn't check if it was a dead body himself……in hindsight, did I meet Auntie Maureen???

  59. Many thanks from Canada. I must say English winters are starting to look very good to me, a change of season but no need for massive parkas massive boots and snowblowers. Thank you for what you do

  60. "Is that where they play tennis ?"Don't care what you say Colin, that's very funny.

  61. I imagine Maureen being tickled pink with the rise of Youtube allowing content creators such as you blokes to do exactly what her last wishes were!

  62. Canal and River Trust… (C.A.R.T)….. why can't they be called Flume and River Trust or Furrow and River Trust… the acronym would be so much more fun then!

  63. Have those rivers ever frozen and locked in the boats?
    22.9k subscribers and 25,454 views?
    I think YouTube's playing games with your numbers?

  64. … sorry I'm late.
    If you're going to photograph sunrises like that, you'd do well to have a bigger like button.
    Absolutely gorgeous ❀️

  65. Dillons a good boy in front of camera ! dont need to re-take his scenes πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  66. Firing up a gen within earshot like that would enrage an Aspie. I know. Being one also. Great vid. I like the anecdotal s. .

  67. Totally agree with your reasoning and ethics behind generators, i do find if a boat is moored on its own it becomes a congregation magnet

  68. If they had the generator running whilst travelling, why the need for it whilst moored.

  69. nice 1 m8, auntie maureen sounds pretty kool! 2] i agree with your rant m8. i ran into people like that before.

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