Category Archives: On the Grand Union Canal

Best canalside cafe

It’s at Rickmansworth, next to Batchworth Lock. Good grub. Try the fish finger sandwich, it’s just right! Those are my parents, wife and friends in the picture and they all loved it. The guy ordering at the counter is Egon Ronay, seriously. Continue reading

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Terrapin spotted in canal

I’d heard about the turtles that get dumped in the canals but never seen one before. Saw this one on the Grand Union Canal near Kensal Rise. Continue reading

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Headed towards Blisworth Tunnel

On our second day of owning Narrowboat Audrey Too we headed towards Blisworth Tunnel. It was too late to go through so we moored up for the night. Continue reading

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Coot’s nest on Grand Union Canal near Paddington

Coots build floating nests out of twigs and frankly any old rubbish they can pull out of the canal. They usually attach their nest to something like a branch to prevent it from floating away. Coots seem quite happy to make use of anything they find and this bird has made her home on polystryene packaging attached to the side of a narrowboat. Continue reading

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Back on the water on Narrowboat Audrey Too

A few months ago my wife Alisha and I bought a narrowboat. We’d been living in Australia together but had to return to the UK for a couple of years, so we decided to live on the water while we’re here. Continue reading

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Life on land

I’ve been living on land for the last couple of months while Bristol Fashion is at Whilton Marina, lined up with dozens of other boats for sale. What with all the rain we’ve had lately I thought I should check on the … Continue reading

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Movable Bridges

Stewart Marchant’s Movable Bridges website says: If it’s a swing bridge, lift bridge, drawbridge, bascule bridge, sliding bridge, retractable bridge, curling bridge, rolling bridge, telescopic bridge, transporter bridge, counterweight bridge, boat lift or any other sort of movable bridge and … Continue reading

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Another boat is baptised

At Weedon, a brand new narrowboat is lowered by crane into the canal, while another boat waits patiently to pass by. Tweet

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Marinas and wireless Internet

I’m at Whilton Marina for a few days, cleaning the boat, boxing up some of my belongings and showing a few prospective buyers around. While I’m here I have to get some work done too so I was really pleased … Continue reading

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Aqueduct

This photo was taken while travelling over an aqueduct near Weedon. Tweet

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