The River Severn with Journey with Jono (only one of us is excited)

well good morning welcome to the narrow
boat experience I’m anna-marie and I’m Kath and today we are going on the river
Severn if you’ve been following our journey along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal then you will know that we have reached the end of that canal
almost at stourport basin and there’s really nothing else for us to do except
go on the river or turn around we could turn around no we’re not turning around
I’m not enjoy I don’t enjoy rivers I’m gonna really dig deep for this one I’m
really excited and looking forward to it yeah we’ve got three locks to go through
first or one lock and two staircase locks yes and we’ve gotta fill up with water
and diesel and get rid of some rubbish yeah and by get rid of some rubbish we
don’t mean the boat that’s moored up behind this right here because we’ve had
a little bit of a lovely time with Jono from journey with Jono we’ve had a
cup of tea and some chats and a really nice dinner and now we’re saying goodbye
and so yeah we don’t mean that rubbish this is perfect for us I need one of
these Molly’s driving now Molly turn it left well that was a lot of fun
did you see Molly have a drive super nice of him to lend me his anchor it’s actually a lock at stourport a
single lock before you can head over to the diesel and the water and the elsan
and then there’s at two different paths you can take at
stourport basin you can take the yacht path which is wide beams and what I
think like plastic yachts or you take the narrowboat path which is
the one we’re going to take because we are a single narrow boat but a single narrow boat path goes
around to the right and then the left and then around again like you’re doing
the perimeter of a rectangle so should be interesting Kath’s done it before so
she’ll be fine in a 70-foot boat yeah Kath did it the locks and when you exit
them don’t completely line up so she did that in a 70-foot vote this one’s 57 foot
we should be fine but just at the first lock and anna-marie
is gone to assist another boat through they go down in front of us and I’m just
holding the boat at the lock landing and what should I see in the distance
but this I can only assume he’s changed his mind about the anchor drats! but when Kath did this Lock she got an
8 out of 10 so we’re gonna see he’s got dog so he says 10 whatever
happens What did he say you got a 3 I knew you three I think it’s
something about your hat yeah three yes sorry Munchy so we have to push up from the diesel
side and go over to the water side else and toilets and we’ve lost Jono
already mind you I did think I lost him this morning so he might just be one of
those boats tubers that you can’t get rid of before and having walked around
now a tiny little sign is my I can’t even see oh is it
little sign-on just on the one side I guess that’s why you do your prep Kath needs and eye test…
locks this way now remember for these locks we only
need to beat three we don’t actually need the ten out of ten so we have our volunteer grader and he’s
going to give Kath a number out of ten he won’t tell us what Jono got but I’m
pretty sure it was three and then we have to go straight out at this lock you
can see it’s a staircase lock into another staircase but you go straight
into the boatyard but actually you have to turn left to go down the lock but as
you can see there’s no not a lot of turn so shall see how Kath goes he won’t tell me
what Jono got so he got to get out of there with no bump
going in he’s only ever seen at one and it was a hire boater and it could have
been Kath that last time she did it cuz I don’t see did it she was actually in a
hire boat so um Darren he’s gonna he’s gonna tell me the
news yes I am so prepare yourself now all it was was a slight brush on the
lock as the enter it’s not a ten nine out of ten imagine I had a gauntlets the
gauntlet has been thrown down it’s up to you nine out of ten he’s a tough judge oh he’ll be so cross about that yeah
just kissed it so even having Molly the dog didn’t give it an extra points this
time no I don’t foresee what do you have a port for cuteness but I’m not I’m just
the assistant so okay then Jono only got three John only got three you’ll
be fine you saw that guys we got an 11 it’s
unprecedented he’s never given another laughing before cat how do you feel the
first ever 11 although the Droitwich policing advice these are things that absolute two best
luck keepers we have met in a very long time apart from them not scoring us
correctly they’ve been absolutely lovely
I would have given you a zero I mean he was just seen a lot worse
actually he wouldn’t have seen a lot worse as two’s quite low have a great trip so one of the things I find really
confusing about the river 7 having spent ten minutes on it is at the signposting
because you’re going so fast I can’t actually 100% work out where were meant
to be and just then the Weir’s on our right but it looked like we were meant
to go right that I am enjoying the day I don’t 100% understand how
the locks are manned if they’re only open during certain
times of the day but how did they know you’re coming. Well they can see you can’t they. They’ve come out of their booth. ok Are we close to that cill? our first double looks on lazy days
and everything was done for us Kind of, well I held the rope. As did I. what. You got a bit close. thank you okay so I changed my mind a little bit I
am having a really good it’s very wide
it’s such a gorgeous day and it’s super calm today
the river is lovely today and we’ve given Jono the slip yeah we don’t think
you’ll ever catch out although it does have one of our mugs so I think I like
the river I’m just a bit confused still about how
you moor up, (like these boats) when there’s flow. You turn around and you moor with your bow into the flow. oh ok. it’s very wide
yeah yes I’m loving it it’s cruising with other people’s really
hard we’ve had to make nearly put it in reverse to wait for Johnno. Oh we are
in Reverse which is coming up to a lock so it makes
sense to wait for him so the have to wait in a lock I was about to say that we’re just about
to do another look but we’re not we’re actually looking for our Junction which
is the Droitwich barge canal so we’re turning left at the barge canal
then we’re gonna do a couple of locks there double locks so we’ll share them
with Jono and then we will moor up this is our first double luck since we
were on the Grand Union canal when we put our jobs and went cruising full
time if you haven’t seen that journey I’ll put a card at the top now so you
can have a look back at that oh and here we go and that you’re filming me coming in we’re coming in on the Droitwich barge
now we had hoped to moor between I think bridges three and four
back up between bridges for five and this is the stretch between four and
five but you may notice all around me is just ridiculously tall weeds… growth… Hedgerow I don’t know
one option that we have is to pull up next to them
fling ourselves through them hammering some pin
however that does mean that every single bug
in the reeds well then move in which is not something I want and
so the next thing is to go through the next lock looks like Jono found somewhere to
stop Are you the ropes inspector Molly?

100 thoughts on “The River Severn with Journey with Jono (only one of us is excited)

  1. Tea with Jono
    … not the same as tossing back a half dozen Gin & Tonics with David from Mooring The Marina
    I love me some nice Cruising The Cut vids.. 1-2hr realtime cruise vids nice to put on the bigscreen when guests are over

  2. Ladies for some reason the engine noise was much higher. Worse at the beginning. Will add your train and lazy days to my collection. Cheers

  3. That Jono, what a gentleman. 'Smashing' vlog 😉 How can you not love the Severn – you should give it a shot in the Autumn, you wake up in the morning with the river shrouded in mist – truly awesome. Great vlog ladies.

  4. A funny, beautifully edited vlog. ps Cath I am jealous of your gorgeous thick hair! I loved Molly pretending to be good as she "ignored" the cat.

  5. Hi Ladies when you were on the Severn you should have Paired Up more fun and more social. Cheers

  6. Forgot to ask Jono a question on his last vlog about doing locks alone. Watching your footage answered my question. Munchie and Molly!!!

  7. When you were side-by-side with Jono, it was a perfect Double Slit Experiment Experiment representation.

  8. With the anchor, the Lazy Days has been temporarily rechristened the “Albatross.”

  9. Jono gets 10 for having a dog but you get no credit for having two cats? Unfair.

  10. I hope the kitty's enjoyed meeting Molly …. Hyper Lab meets laid back cats… hilarity ensues …..

  11. Re: 12:10, "But how do they know you are coming?" Well, see, the thing is, they acquired some surplussed Royal Navy sonar buoys at a good price and modified them to lie in a chain on the canal bottom for about two miles up from the lock, and in the shed at the lock there's a display board bodged up out of old incandescent Christmas tree lights where the color of the light and the brightness/voltage fed to it is determined by the length and number of boats approaching, while their approach velocity is determined by simply observing the rate at which the indicator lights illuminate in sequence.

  12. 🙂 That cup of tea "underway replenishment at sea" was the greatest! Definitely one of the best things I've seen on a narrowboat video. 😀

  13. Loved that footage at the end! I'd been wondering if the cats were going to meet the dog and how they'd get on.

    Also, congrats for being brave Anne-marie; I'm glad it really paid off for you.

  14. This is one of you best !! Fun when you pair up with other boaters the sillyness is wonderful : ) …thank you for the ride along !!! Beautiful !!!

  15. By far the best way to spend a gorgeous day, with your mate riding side by side, on a river having fun. You're almost like the Motorcyclists of the Canal…

  16. Looks like Kath getting a bit of Sun. I may have to send her a Cowboy Hat from Texas.

  17. Good one girls and Jono . I see Molly teasing the cats and the cats a bit wary . It was good for you to have company on the river , i'm waiting for the next installment 🙂

  18. What a wonderful relaxing vlog! I watched this tucked up in bed, with a hot mug of coffee. A lovely start to my day. ☕

  19. Drama on the high … erm … canals!
    Poor Munchie at the end, he's all 'Who invited the DOG? 🙂 … another great adventure.

  20. Munchie was very brave protecting you from that brute Molly! What a perfect day for cruising the Severn.

  21. Well done kath for baby sitting Annmarie on the 7 she did look very unsure great vlog ,Jono on there aswell .

  22. 😀 you hit that lock gate so hard that even my mug fell off the coffee table here. And I'm in Perth.

  23. Who made that lock layout at the yard and you came with a 75ft last time. Wow. The camera shots of the boat and things were you Anna?. Lovely close ups and the birds flying away.

  24. What a glorious, fun day you guys had😀 So very different from the usual collaborations on one boat. Really quite cool to see two narrowboats (and their crews of course) playing, I mean cruising😉, together on the waterways. Thanks for taking us along.

  25. Thoroughly enjoyed this vlog as always with you two plus of course Jono,who I follow as well. Have a safe journey and look forward to the
    Next blog.x

  26. Munchie was not showing fear of Molly, but was simply calculating their size difference… 😏

  27. ooooo u ad me on the edge of my seat.. kinda thrilling was'nt it. Just love following you. liked the end capture with cat watching dog.. xx

  28. Enjoyed your vlog, I did the Avon and Severn right down to Sharpness, it was beautiful. Believe Jono went to Sharpness as well.

    Just one query, as you borrowed Jono very heavy anchor, did that mean he was travelling without one?? 💙❤💙🐾🐕🐾🐕

  29. Off on a hire boat next week. This makes me wish i had looked at the river seven. Keep up the good work!!

  30. Hi Kath and Anna,
    Now you're cruising the Severn look up the unusual phenomenon known as 'The Severn Bore'
    Hope you're good at surfing!!

  31. Great video the cinematography was one of your best. you were lucky with the weather, hope you get more like it. The inktober paintings with Molly make more sense now. Poor Kath, hope you get that eye test to help with the navigation.

  32. "Plastic yachts" = Tupperware (if you want to display the proper amount of disdain for anything that is not a proper boat).

  33. Nice video Kath and Annamarie…. I was asleep and awoken on NB Owamya in Stourport Basin when I heard, well more like felt you engage contact the lock gate….. fabulous day for messing about on the river. x

  34. Weeeee! You had to model the personal flotation devices for the first time, in this video. How did the cats get along with having to share the tow path with Molly?

  35. Ha girls been watching your vlogs they are brilliant all the places you visit very interesting.

  36. Hi Annamarie and Cath. Really enjoying your videos! I was out walking by the Severn at Tewkesbury today. The river didn’t look like you’re video, very high and very lively…. not a good place for a Narrowboat!

  37. I enjoy watching your videos. Keep up the good work.

    Question for you regarding your passage through at Stourport. Can you steer the boat at all using "prop walk"? That is, if the boat has little way on her, does the stern swing to one side when you add some power? I can maneuver my boat at very low speeds using just the throttle and forward/reverse. Maybe narrowboats are just too long and straight for prop walk to be effective.

    I was curious about those two locks at Stourport and had a doodle. I added a 57 foot long boat entering the second lock in Google Earth. Not much room to work with there. Congratulations on your 11!

  38. Great video. It’s a pity about the reeds but it was only restored a few years ago after being derelict for many, many, years so they had to do the best they could with the money available. Biggest cost of the restoration was that bridge under the A449 which is in your video near the start of the canal.

  39. Hi we are moored up at Stourport — it can be awkward manoeuvring in the basin when it is windy,you made it look easy , I like you …. tend to wear a life jacket when on the river,also the basin is quite deep,I had to help a boater get back onto his boat when he fell in once in fact it took three of us (his son wife and myself),then he had to pull up on a rope,we managed to pull his legs up.Just to show how easy it is for things to go wrong,slips etc.

  40. Why girls did you not kiss your boats together and so save diesel running on one engine. After all there was lock space and Jono could then have a gin and tonic on his bow ! Although you are a couple Is the other excited for David Johns !

  41. A clear one or two! 😀
    – On the bottom of that last lock is Jono's windlass! 🙂

  42. That was brilliant. It looked like you were all having a lovely time together! Munchy’s reaction to Molly was hysterical 😂

  43. Was it my imagination but nobody seemed to give a yell as you headed towards the masonry???

    Ref some of the comments from another vlog featuring the trapped fender and it almost triggering an apocalyptic Armageddon … I would have said this incident could have been a lot worse if you had hit the gate by the hinge.

    Damage the hinge then it's likely a major problem.

    I can certainly agree it is not easy to see the bows and aim with any precision, so puzzled the lockies weren't checking a bit more closely.

    Not everyone would reverse to get a better line of approach like Jono

    If you had a bump then hireboaters folks even more likely to hit the masonry.

    Perhaps next time CRT do some heavy cobbling on the lock they could do the fixed fender thing to protect the structure.

    Imagine if it was a bit windy …

    Anyway, good vlog, good recce.

  44. We did exactly the same journey back in Oct. '17 towards the end of our week's cruising the Stourport ring – the only differences being the fact that we had to handle those last few canal locks on our own & we moored up overnight on the pontoon moorings on the Severn just after the last (canal) lock. Guess which numpty left one of the gate paddles open on the very last lock ?! 😨
    I also remember those 1st few locks on the Droitwich Barge Canal as being incredibly heavy !!
    Thanks for the great memories ladies xx

  45. I wasn't eager to do the River Severn portion of our narrowboat holiday on the Avon Ring. It turned out great, though – very smooth sailing, and I was able to drive a lot faster than on the canals! I'm glad that you survived!

  46. Great video! Really enjoyed watching both perspectives on your shared adventure.

  47. @ 8.30, when i went down in the summer, i was told to reverse to the side of the upper staircase. that gives a lot more room to get across to the lower one. BTW i saw you yesterday afternoon, about 4:30pm, moored opposite a pub. i got a wave from Anna-Marie, ( i was on a dark blue boat wearing a cammo waterproof and a very dark hat).

  48. Loved that one lady’s very relaxing,by the way I used to be a plastic boat owner,but couldn’t get the places you do,boat to wide,but had a lot of fun on tidal rivers,not up your street Annemarie by the way loved the painting with bridge and train

  49. wow love Both of your vlogs best ever narowboat vlog girls i see you got a bargin new anchor for a secondhand mug

  50. Big ole clout into that turn, but hey I think I would of sunk the boat lol.
    Great video 👭

  51. 1:58 I know you uploaded your video before Jono but I've watched his first. He videoed Mitton Chapel Bridge too – but not for long enough to get close enough to read the bridge name – so you've done a better job on that front – so thanks !

  52. Brilliant – Cath hit both sides of the lock including the lock gate ! TBH, thinking about it, my biggest concern was did it frighten the cats ? I guess you don't know whether they were upset as neither of you were with them at the time 🙁

  53. I''m sure you don't have to turn around to moor with the bow into river flow but you do need to tie up the upstream end first as otherwise, the boat will swing right round !

  54. Jono has a bow thruster I think to steer the front—-or did he mention that to y'all? LOL

  55. You two seem so happy in your life, congratulations on finding your way to happiness!!

  56. Great vlog,very tranquil and a superb day for river cruising,Munchy looking a bit nervy at Jonos dog,lol.x

  57. So, near yet so far. If you had travelled a bit further down the Severn you would have got to the G&S canal. It is the best canal in the World and there would have been digestive biscuits and a cup of tea. On another note, how do you deal with your cat's toilet needs/disposal.

  58. The double-wide locks on the river are much like the locks on the Rideau Canal. Run by Parks Canada, with Lock Masters at each station, there's not much to do but keep you lines in order and ride the lift or drop. Doubling up is common and you always keep your wits about you as the next person coming in might not have their skills in good order. Loved the ride along!

  59. Did you enjoy Stourport? The funfair is a permanent fixture and reminds me of something off a Scoobty Doo adventure. The Dragon ride featured on a Rosie and Jim episode and I was so disappointed on my visit in the boat that the ride was closed for repair. If you ever return to Stourport there are some amazing red sandstone caves, visible from the river and accessed from a footpath that runs in front of the rowing club (opposite the locks). The Gloucester and Sharpness is well worth doing, it's idyllic. I am quit jealous of your journey as I am stuck on the Macclesfield Canal for the Winter 🙁

  60. Well to tell you the truth this was among the best of the best videos you have done (for me) I enjoyed it very much two for the price of one! some great shots, you guys are the road racer of the cut…LOL john NZ blessings well done Kaiora….

  61. I have ended up watching the vlog from 14:30 three times. Must be one of your best edits ever, would love to see more of it, or vlogs like that

  62. Lovely video, thank you. Stunning footage, of wildlife even the cobweb ! River Severn looks beautiful x

  63. Is Jono still sleeping in a tent in his NB? Please ask him when/if he will share another tour of his boat's interior so we can see his progress. TY.


  65. What a great video! so much to see – loved it. BTW – we' re finally liveaboards Anna. We commishioned you to draw our sailboat a few years back if you remember. All the best, Col

  66. I’m late to this vid but so enjoyed it! Great to be transported into summer again. The river part reminds me of a boat trip we go on on the river Waveney in Suffolk! Beautiful. Also enjoyed pussycat face at the end! 😂

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