80. Canal Icebreaker – Winter Cruising on a Canal Narrowboat

80. Canal Icebreaker – Winter Cruising on a Canal Narrowboat

We’re at Hassall Green, still. And it’s a
bit chilly this morning, trying to get my mouth warmed up. [Laughs] So when we got to Hassal Green, I like to research what’s here and go and have a look and there
was three things of interest. One was the Potters Bar,
which we’ll come to in a minute, one was like a cafe and Brasserie just over there… I’m from Darwin… [Laughs] called Lock 57 The Brasserie and the
other was a pub called the Romping Donkey. Romping Donkey and the Romping Donkey is shut. and lock 57 the canal centre is shut. Now flats. They’re all flats. So we had to go to the Potters Barn instead. [Music playing] So we’ve had a little wonder and we’re about five
minutes away from lock 57 and we saw this place when we were researching on
Google last night, this is called the Potters Barn and I’ve always had this
vision as Shaun on the Generation Game in the 1970s doing the potter’s wheel, do
you remember that? Can you imagine him laughing at that? We’re going to put all
the details of this place in a link just down below, so you can click and come
straight through to it if you want. It’s great because you cannot come and
have a go, you can make them yourself. You see a lot of boats with the Roses and
Castles on the pots and everything, come here and make your own and then
go back to your boat paint it, it’s brilliant. Shaun’s gonna try and make one.
Are you ready for this. This is not gonna end well. Shaun’s disappoint that they do the apron in pink. [Laughing] Do you know what you’re doing then? No clue. How do you move it? [Laughing] Give it a slap in top He’s quite vicious isn’t he? Right. The trick here, is plenty of water on your hands. Get your hands all the way in, one
hand on top. The other hand on top of that. Push down… and stop, you’ve got a wobbled. [Laughing] I’m saving it, I’m saving it. Ohhh. WOW! They will never know you started off with 20 kilos. [Laughing] You’re getting confident. It’s not doing much good, but you’re getting confident. and here it is. WOW! How good is that it’s a pity it’s not yours though isn’t it Shaun. So… Steve, in Generation Game style,
marks out of ten for Shaun’s… effort. Minus five for guts. [Laughing] This is the other half. [Laughing] You did really well there keeping it together Ahhhh I’d leave it Shaun.
It’s definitely over [Laughs] Oooooh that was fun [Laughs] He’s always wanted to do that. As soon as I
saw it, I was like Shaun will love that. That was ace [Laughs] It is pretty early, it’s about nine
o’clock on Sunday morning. Beautiful morning. Much prefer it to be like cold
and crisp. White and crisp. rather than like wet and raining though,
any day. Today we’re gonna finish the Cheshire locks or Heartbreak Hill.
So we’re going from lock 57, which is the top of the Hassall Green Locks
and we’re going right the way down 11 locks down to the bottom of Wheelock Lock
and we’re gonna moor there for tonight before we head on. This is all news to me [Laughs] He just drives, just stands there and drives
and does what he’s told It’s difficult to make locks like really interesting all the time. We’ve tried every different angle you can think of.
So we’re not gonna film em [Laughs] [Laughing] We’re gonna film bits along the way,
but we’re going to kind of… you alright there? I’m dying [Laughs] Come on, Maude. Cough it up. We’re gonna kind of fast-forward down there. See you at the bottom. [Music playing] Lock 58 just after Hassall Green.
That in the background… Is the M6.
Busy busy. So we’re going to drop down and go below. When you look at the speed of the cars… Where would you rather be, on there or on here? Definitely here. Yeah, right answer. [Music playing] This is lock 62 or Pavilion Lock.
Give em a good look, give em a good look [Laughs] Come back, come back [Laughs] This is the lock that was stopping us.
This is the reason we’ve been hovering around Red Bull and Harecastle for the
last, I don’t know eight years [Laughs] So what they’ve done is basically, replace
the head gate, the top gate which is this single gate. It looks new and it feels new.
But it’s open, it’s been open about two days. They actually finish the
works a bit early so they opened it a couple of days early and we’re threw it. YAYYYYY!
hallelujah! I don’t know I’m praying to. [Music playing] It’s bloody cold. That was easy, that took us what?
Look at my invisible watch… Two hours. [Laughs] [Laughs] What? [Laughs] I love doing locks, cos you might
have noticed that Shaun does most of the driving and I do most of the locks.
He likes to get off the boat. That’s it, I like to be off the boat and
you kind of active and busy and it keeps you occupied and you’re away from the
boat and Shaun… [Laughs] So we’ve done the Cheshire Locks today we went from lock 57 that Hassall Green, down here and we are Wheelock Wharf. Wheelock, because it’s
on the River Wheelock and Wheelock is the it’s Welsh and it means winding river.
We’re not in Wales. We’re at the services then at Wheelock Wharf,
we are just going to fill it with water, empty the pot, do the usual stuff.
There’s a nice looking restaurant, canalside restaurant. It’s either a wrap or go in there. and I’m a bit peckish. but I’m gonna be probably on TripAdvisor
and Google reviews checking it out and if one person in three million is
complained we won’t be going, it’s as simple as that. [Laughs] We’re not allowed to moor here
overnight and it’s a bit of a pity really, because it’s nice and quiet here.
It’s alright, it’s just a water point. The actual moorings just where we’ve been
just after lock 66, there’s some visitor mooring there for about seven or eight
boats and there’s about five boats there, all with generators on the towpath,
engines going. So we ain’t stopping there. and the road that you go under
that’s like 20 meters from the mooring, has got one of these strips, so
that every time a car goes over it, it goes boom boom
and every time a lorry goes over it, it goes BOOM BOOM! BOOM BOOM! So you’ve got the.. BOOM BOOM! BOOM BOOM! So you’ve got the three generators and you got the… BOOM BOOM! Every four seconds of the traffic. So it’s like, Nahh, we’re not gonna do that.
So we just come like 200 yards round the corner stop at Wheelock Wharf and then
just past Wheelock Wharf there’s like a big warehouse, there’s more visitor moorings there.
They’re fine. They’re not quite as nice… but it’s gonna be dark in like three hours. so which is gonna stay there for tonight, because we heading off again tomorrow, there you go. Good morning. Morning. A few seconds ago we left you at
Wheelock Wharf services, just back that way. Well we weren’t going to moor there,
because it’s only a one hour mooring. Thats wrong. [Laughs] Tell some other people that.
But yeah, that’s wrong [Laughs] and we weren’t going to reverse
back onto the visitor moorings because they all had their generators out. So noisy! [Engine and generator noises] and the worse that Road that goes BOOM BOOM! Oh yes, BOOM BOOM! So we come forward about 500 yards, past Wheelock Wharf Bridge, said it
that time. You did. you’ll see in the outtakes [Laughs] and with moored up just here,
just by this lovely housing estate. It’s quite nice actually But it is cold, it was -6ºC last night… [Whispers]. -6 and the canal’s frozen up, for the
first time since we’ve had the boat, the canal, so it’s only like millimeters
thick but it’s frozen up, so there you go. But it’s not going to stop us, because
today we have to get from Wheelock to Middlewich and then we’ve got a
decision to make. Do we go straight on the Trent of Mersey, or do we turn left
onto the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union. We could turn round.
we could turn around and go all the way back to Liverpool [Laughing] That’s not going to happen. It is quite nice, it’s been really quiet
apart from the the sheep meowing I was gonna say then. Meawing??? [Laughs]
I’ve never heard of a meowing sheep, have you? Sounds like it. It’s a bit of a weird place is Wheelock, Weeee Lock Weeee It’s like Chorlton and The Wheelies, isn’t it? Do you remember that? I do. My favorite was, Jamie and the Magic Torch. what was the dog, can you remember
what the dog was called? No. Ooooh, yeah. It says it in the song. Yeah.
So got houses on that side we’ve got lovely countryside on that side. Have a quick look NO!! There you go But we going… that way That way today. Shall we make a move? Come on then. [Music playing] [Ice crunching]
[Music playing] [Music playing] [Ice crunching]
[Music playing] [Music playing] [Ice crunching]
[Music playing] [Music playing] It’s really patchy, so where we set off
where it was like in the middle of the village and the houses it was it was
like tiny little thin, tiny. It’s like paper thin and then you come out to the
sticks and he gets a bit thicker it’s no more than like maybe two or three mil thick.
It sounds about four foot thick [Laughs] It sounds horrific, especially when you’re
in the boat, it just sounds like the sides are being ripped apart and we
expected like the blacking to be ripped off, but we got off and had a look and that it’s
fine, there’s no nothing at all. 🎶 Ice Ice Baby 🎶 Who sang that? Jedward wasn’t it? [Laughs] No, they did. I nearly swore then [Laughs] Vanilla Ice wasn’t it? Yes.
What other songs are with ice in it? Cold as Ice. 🎶 You’re as cold as ice🎶
Who sang that? Foreigner. Come on then, other songs with ice in the title. Down there. [Music playing] We’re keeping an eye on this tripod.
Our tripod is knackered. Can I say knackered? NO! Alright…… Shafted! [Laughs] So we’ve had to kind of make
this thing up that’s it’s sat on. Don’t ask what it’s sitting on,
but it doesn’t look safe. If I lunge forward, I’m not coming for you.
I’m coming to save the camera. So we’ve just come out to Booth Lane flight of locks
and this is the main road that goes between Sandbach and Middlewich [Laughs]
which I keep calling Middlesbrough for some reason. That’s why this is the 13th
take and on this side there used to be a lot of factories where, well the still is.
British Salt is on this side a little bit further up and salt mining goes back
hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years around here, even the Romans did it.
There’s loads of rock salt and brine pumping going on and over the years
that’s caused a lot of subsidence. It doesn’t only affect the canal, they keep
having to raise the banks in places which makes the canal pretty deep
somewhere, some places. But also it creates these like marshlands called
flashes where the subsidence creates lake and there’s about fourteen of them
around this area, some of them are really pretty and some of them have got like
salty water, some of them are freshwater and my favourite one is called Bottoms Flash. [Laughs] I’ve got a history of that [Laughs] So, British Salt that we’re just about
to pass on the right hand side, it’s been here for donkey’s years, about 200 years I think and that’s not far from where we’re mooring today. Whooo! [Music playing] Here we are at Kings Lock. YAYYY!
In Middlewich. YAYYY! Why are we more next to a busy road? It’s not where we normally moor,
we normally like to moor out in’t sticks. Where it’s lovely and quiet. Yeah. but this isn’t really quiet is it?
It will be later on. [Laughs] Method in our madness We need to call at the Chandlery
to get some diesel, some coal and some water and some bits and pieces
first thing tomorrow morning. Yeah. So this is kind of the best place to moor.
Not that you’d think it, but it’s alright. You don’t hear it much in the boat. Just after the lock, we’ve got a choice to make. We can either go left onto in the
Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union or we could go straight on, up the Trent
of Mersey towards the Bridgewater, Manchester, maybe the Rochdale
back over the Pennines. Maybe the Leigh Branch of the
Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Maybe. Could we be spending Christmas
back in Salthouse Dock in Liverpool You’ll have to wait and see. [Laughs] We know. Just got to put one thing right as well.
Cruising in the ice, if we’d have known how icy it was gonna get, we
wouldn’t have set off this morning. No, it was wafer thin when we set off. I did walk forward about a mile
to see if he got any thicker and it wasn’t, it actually seem to be getting
thinner, but then we went to be further and it did get pretty thick. So we
wouldn’t normally cruise in that thickness of ice, it’s about five mil thick.
We wouldn’t normally do that and in future I’ll probably go out the bike
and go a bit further in check. So don’t cruise in the ice, bad. The good
news is it hasn’t damaged the boat at all We got off and we we’re expecting like huge swaves of the blacking to have disappeared. We we’re expecting to phone Kev at Bickerstaffe… come and paint the boat! [Laughs] But it’s absolutely fine. Yeah, it’s fine. So here at Kings Lock,
there’s a Fish and Chip Shop, literally a hundred yards behind us. I am looking at
pointing at it right now. Not you. It. It’s got YUMM! written all over it [Laughs]
and there’s a convenience store, I’m not going to say that it’s called McColl’s, just over
that way [Laughs] But it’s called McColl’s. And there’s a lorry There you go. Thats it for this vlog Yes. Find out next time…
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Trent and Mersey don’t you? Oooooh!! Or we go left on to the
Middlewich Branch of the Shroppy. Wait and see. We’ll see you next time. Bye bye. You don’t like him out of Boney M. [In a Russian accent] Oh those Russians
[Laughing] Rasputin.
🎶Rah rah Rasputin🎶 🎶Russia’s greatest tin of beans🎶
Or something like that [Laughs] I can’t get Rasputin out of my head now. That is the M6 and the locked gates opening on its
own which might not the tripod into the canal. [Laughing] I don’t know I’m praying to. Santa. You can do a bit of Welsh can’t you? [In a Welsh accent]
See those two houses… We’re gonna have to cut that out
[Laughing] Look, you see ticking in his head can’t you?
yeah I want some biscuits down don’t we [Laughing] I want some biscuits now. Don’t we babble on about rubbish? I’ve been reliably informed… My lips are starting to freeze up. Yes. and I think Dillon needs
a poo so we’ve gotta go clean that up I would say oward, but it’s that way. Where’s that sheep coming from? Aa gg gg gg gg gg gg gg gg gg. So we move forward about 500 yards just pat wheel just pat back past just yeah [Blows raspberry] That’s lopsided. [Sneezes] You’re lopsided. 🎶 Ice ice, baby 🎶 Checking your booook? It’s really packed. Hello, hello Hellooooo! Take four We’ve got the road from Sandbach to em errr. Middlesborough. Take seven No we can’t say that can we? Can’t say that [Laughs] We’re kind of got a fixer up at Oooooh! Take ten. YAYYYY! Take that. It’s busy [Laughing] So why are we parked, moored, parked. So we’re at So we’re at Kings Kings Lock Yes. and again [Music plays to the end]

100 thoughts on “80. Canal Icebreaker – Winter Cruising on a Canal Narrowboat

  1. Hi guys
    Very funny again looked bitter out on canal full credit to you guys for braving the cold true cruisers
    Looking forward to next video take care

  2. “Smell ice can ya?”…….. well at least you didn’t end up like the titanic although you did miss the opportunity to recreate the iconic scene on the bow of that boat with you and Shaun as Leo and Kate. Now that would have been special 😂
    Loved the winter scenery. You guys must have decent thermals. Hope you pick the Leigh branch. If you do let me know when and I’ll come and give you a wave. If not have a great Xmas and a happy new year

  3. Hi Guys, great video again , more power to you Shaun for trying the potter's wheel you never know maybe people are ready for wonky egg cups. I wish we only had a few mm of ice not the skating rink we have as pavements. Keep up the good work.

  4. Great vlog as always fellas, it’s ffffffffffffffreeeeeeezing 🥶🥶🥶
    Will you be meeting up with the other vlogers ? It’s there stretch of the cut they float on constantly! Good luck and best wishes always you two. It’s cccccccold out there 🥶🥶🥶

  5. exellent video again, I'm not to keen on being out in the icy weather,bet shaun gets cold standing by the tiller, i think i would prefer to stay on moorings and keep the fire on full wack, but keep it up ! watch out for icebergs lol .

  6. Hi, I’m impressed with the shots of the bow breaking ice! How did you get those views, hang over the side? Keep warm!

  7. Yet another great vlog guys :). I am impressed how you manage to keep such good quality on YouTube considering their compression algorithms. I make real time cruise videos on the Lancaster canal and I have tried all sorts of things to improve the quality but nothing seems to work. I simply do 1080p at 50fps now using H264. What's your secret? ;). Ian

  8. Shauns' pot is adorable! And just so ya know, your videos will always be good, because your personalities, individually and as a couple are great.

  9. Hi another try for ice in song. Well it's not quite but dare you not to have a proper laugh. Please try it. ..Lemon Piper's Rice is nice. !!!! Dave M

  10. G'day boys, hope your doing well?
    Wouldn't mind seeing some of that ice down our way here in NSW, it would help put out some of these fires we've currently got. So far the amount of country that has burnt is roughly equivalent to the size of Wales when added all together & unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any end to it at the moment.
    No decent rain is forecast till March, April at best but the so called intelligent pollies & deniers say, 'it's not climate change' & yet all the science points that way but what would scientist know, eh!
    I've been alive for a little over half a century & the weather patterns today are arsehole uppards as my dad would've said if he was still here.
    Where I live west of Sydney, the fires only a few miles away & is gradually coming our way.
    Could be a nervous Xmas I think.
    You stay warm & I'll see you both soon.

  11. I love frosty/cold days when there is somewhere warm and cosy to get back to and i bet Silver Fox is all of that! I can just imagine you three in your 'mobile' home. Always a good choice of music too…suits the subject.

  12. Glorious weather and scenery but somewhere there's somebody's grandma without a hat. That chip shop used to be great but not been for a couple of years. Great vlog chaps , go left ( the Rochdale in WINTER!!!!!! ) has seeing a boat called Shackleton caused you to take leave of ya senses. Keep warm lads it looks chilli.

  13. Greetings from Tasmania, Australia….. Mad dogs and Englishmen out in the noon-day ice….loved your vlog, and couldn’t take my eyes off your beautiful dog….. I’m guessing he’s an English Springer rather than a Cocker Spaniel?

  14. Songs request – how about
    I only have ice for you, or
    Can't take my ice off of you, or
    Spanish ice, of
    For your ice only
    I think I'd better stop there!!!
    All the best.

  15. Hi guys. There used to be a little black and white cat that used to sit behind the picket fencing at Lock 69. That was a few years ago

  16. I loved this vlog, it had everything, humour, scenery, interesting info and Silver Fox looked beautiful gliding through the ice and frost, Anita x

  17. I do love me some fish and chips, however the nearest good place here in Texas is about 25 miles away. (Run buy long time Liverpool imports), and that sounds like lunch now.

  18. Remember, you asked for it.

    Cold as Ice


    Trapped Under Ice


    Black Ice


    Ice Ice Baby

    Vanilla Ice

    Fire & Ice

    Pat Benatar

    Under Ice

    Kate Bush

    Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day

    Jethro Tull

    The Thin Ice

    Pink Floyd

    Running on Ice

    Billy Joel

    Ice Age

    Jefferson Airplane

    Fire and Ice

    Yngwie Malmsteen

    Love in the Ice Age

    Pat Benatar

    Ice Queen

    Within Temptation

    Pieces of Ice

    Diana Ross

    Burnt Ice


    The Ice Is Getting Thinner

    Death Cab for Cutie

    Ice Melting in Your Heart

    George Clinton

    Ice Breaker (For the Big" M")

    The J. Geils Band

    Rivers of Ice

    Simple Minds

    Break the Ice

    Britney Spears

    Fire and Ice



    Joe Satriani

    Ice Cold Ice

    Hüsker Dü

    Underneath the Ice

    Simple Minds

    Break the Ice


    Ice Age

    Dr. John

    Hot as Ice

    Britney Spears

    Baby Ice Dog

    Blue Öyster Cult

    Black Ice

    Peter Frampton

    Ice Age

    David Byrne, St. Vincent

    Nerves on Ice

    Billy Squier

    Heart on Ice

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake

    Whiskey on Ice

    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Victims of the Ice Brigade

    Ryan Adams

    Fire and Ice

    Within Temptation

    Ice Castles


    Black Ice

    Outkast, Goodie Mob

    Ice Water

    Cat Power

    (I've Got My) Future on Ice

    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Ice Fishing at Night

    John Paul Jones

    Ice Around My Heart

    Buddy Guy

    Thin Ice

    Robin Trower, Jack Bruce

    Ice on the Wing

    Nada Surf

    Ice Pick Through Eyes


    Watch the Ice Break


    Soul on Ice

    Ice Cube

    Ice Water

    Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Cappadonna

    Ice Is Workin' It

    Vanilla Ice

    Ice M.F. T


    Soul on Ice


    Glaciers of Ice

    Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Masta Killa

    Mecca & Ice

    Vanilla Ice

    Ice (interlude)

    Ghostface Killah

  19. Dillon seems to be brighter and more active than when you three started your journeys the narrow boat life seems to agree with him. have fun guys as always

  20. Hi Guys, I paused at 4:50 just to say how you managed to energise a 9.30 am start on a very very cold winter morning, such happiness joviality and banter is wonderful …. now to continue watching … its gr8 🙂

  21. Hi guys if u want a new tripod I got one and it’s brand new u can have it for free that if u come my way as urs is no good

  22. Good to hear from you again thanks for the updates and it is very much appreciated for the real life on the canal system in the winter months must be a bit cold at times though so is a house when the heating is not on 🤔

  23. Seems as if there are lots of times you haven't decided whether you'll be going left or right. It's good that you both can be relaxed about not knowing.

  24. You look like two brothers, almost like twins now in the winter and in the pottery! <3
    Be careful with your blacking!!

  25. I'd happily trade places with you guys in a heart beat. It's horribly hot down here in southern Australia, 40 degrees Celsius over the next few days. I love the look of the cold crisp mornings you have, the ice on the canals, I have never seen anything like it. Its way easier if your cold to warm up, but very hard if your hot to cool down. A cold Christmas in the UK is on my bucket list. Merry Christmas Shaun, Colin and Dylan.

  26. Ok. Who sings that song about Rasputin!? I cannot think of it. Not a very well known band in the US. Also, are you able to cruise year round? Happy Holidays!

  27. Is it a coincidence that today the Russian Navy released footage of their latest icebreaker…. The Arktika???

    I think not….. 🤣👍🏻🎄

    Merry Xmas boys 😊

  28. Should have done the scene from Ghost at the pottery place, missed opertunity! 😂😂 Have a great week and take care.

  29. Looking at your section on your bow doing the ice breaking and saw those two decent size holes in the sides of the bow just inches above the waterline. Took me a little bit to figure out those are the scuppers for your well deck. I know they are to let the rain drain out of the well deck, but with them so close to the water line, do you have issues with getting back flow of canal water into the well deck and making a bit of a mess? (Seeing as how the canal water can be a bit nasty dirty and all.)

  30. Lookin’ super frosty oop north! Still balmy on the canals of London 😀 Nice to catch up on your travels as it’s been a while. Hope you’re both well 😊

  31. Always like your video's including the bits of local history and types locks you guys encounter. Best not to use canal ice in your evening drinks. Best regards, John NZ PS quite hot here in Auckland.

  32. Looks stunning guys, just the kind of weather I really miss down here. Currently in the high 20s in Auckland and not remotely Christmassy.

  33. I drove a truck for thirty five years and like you L know where I would rather be,and it's not in a truck. L couldn't help notice the similarity between Sean and Demi Moore. Thanks for another great vlog

  34. Think we crossed over that bridge heading for Wrexham to take our son to University. 🤔 always look down wistfully at the boats. Brilliant vlog as usual. My Friday night viewing. Love Sean's hat and snood or is it a buff? Looked really warm and snuggly. 😊

  35. Fire an Ice, Within Temptation
    Ice Queen, Within Temptation

    Black ice, AC/DC
    Skating away on the thin ice of the new day, Jethro Tull
    Eisblumen, Eisblume
    Well, that's all I can remember for now…

  36. Romping Donkey has been closed a few years now as I understand. Also I'm told The Commercial at Wheelock (Just opposite the wharf) has closed- it was like walking back into the 1960's complete with parrot by the bar, & large sleeping dog by the fire!
    Turn left up the Middlewich branch, right up the Shroppie. Have Christmas/New Year in Chester, then Ellesmere Port just because you can. Then Llangollen early spring cruise, back down the Shroppie to do the BCN. Any which way to go from there. The canal world is your lobster!

  37. I am happy to say that your scratching of your head to make your video interesting, when there is "nothing" to film, is just as entertaining! Your framing and catching simple things just make them Great, and the icing on the cake is the drone footage with the train 🚂 so awesomely that we "get lost in translation". The three of you are just such a pleasure to watch, plus edit, talks and music.

  38. I sure hope you're looking out for any ice cubes floating your way – nobody needs another Titanic incident… 😉

  39. Hi Colin and Shaun, A bit unconnected with your fabulous videos but we are concerned about your fellow Narrowboat Vlogger, Dan Brown of Sort of Interesting. He always posts very regularly but hasn’t done so for a while. Do you know if he’s OK? Hope you didn’t mind us asking here?

  40. every time my mate simon drives me past that pair of locks on the M6 he always says "wonder why theres two of them" or "I'd love to have a look" the trent & mersey is a good cannal I've had several walks beside it in and around Burton on trent, it actually passes by the famous marstons brewery, (if colin gets over his fear of sotherners) it's quite nice especialy near the Branston water park & the waterfront resturant is highly recommended at the Barton Turns Marina also its near the Central rivers traincare depot (where the XC and avanti Voyagers live) for Collin too get his train fix,

  41. years ago my wife and I spent 3 days on a narrowboat (with our friends from worksop) and I remember how it felt on the motorway afterwards, as if we were speeding at the speed of light ! I loved being part of the " lock team crew "

  42. You guys remind me of my father R.I.P. dad .he was from england .hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new years keep safe

  43. I am a big fan of narrowboat vlogs… but seriously foxes afloat is the very best of them all. Well done guys I really am astounded at the quality of your videos and the thought and effort you put into your work. 10 out of 10 🙂

  44. I enjoyed the ice breaker episode. There were some lovely shots and fast forwarding the locks was a good idea. Perhaps not every time though, in a way it’s good to understand the physical effort required ( by Colin 😬) to navigate the canals?

  45. Hi you two
    I always thought Shaun would have been a leather apron man not a flimsy plastic one. Did the pony have Colin’s coat on? I do like a pink shirt. I hope you keep warm this winter, is it cold where you are now, it’s not to cold here in Essex but a frosty morning does have a lovely look to it.

  46. Great Vlog – loved the variety and the camera work! Cold weather must "float your boat" … such enthusiasm. All smiles after watching this one.

  47. Foxes,Tiller People,Jono & Molly.All wonderful vlogs . My absolute faves this year. Was that Bottom Flush or Bottom Flash? Either way sounds so appealing! Love & Kisses.( shaun,s laugh is best ever)

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