Category Archives: On the Regents Canal

Leaving Islington Tunnel

Just drive like the clappers and the wash of your boat will ensure that she stays exactly in the middle of the tunnel. That was the advice I was given. Didn’t work. Continue reading

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Cruise from Paddington to Islington

It’s great to be back in Islington. I drove here on Sunday with Emina and her husband Darko along for the ride. We started in Paddington basin, left the Grand Union for the Regent’s Canal and Emina took the wheel … Continue reading

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Boats that make me smile

Some boats make me envious – wide beam barges with bright shiny paintwork; some boats impress – beautiful old wooden cruisers, and some boats really make me smile. Continue reading

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Paint your boat

Lately I’ve been feeling embarrassed at all the scrape marks and rust on the lower half of Bristol Fashion. Not to mention the initials in silver spray-paint where some kid tagged the boat in Camden last weekend. Not exactly ship-shape. … Continue reading

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Camden rocks

Three locks in Camden then moored up outside the outdoor market. Wandered round the shops and took some grub from one of the food stalls back to the boat. I’d just sat down to eat and the boat started rocking … Continue reading

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Icebreaker

Driving a boat through thin ice makes the most wonderful tinkling sound, and the sight of sheets of ice breaking up amongst small waves is delightful. It hadn’t been a particularly cold weekend but there was still a lot of … Continue reading

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Angel and wild geese

The geese are so damn noisy this time of year, I don’t need an alarm clock. They are everywhere in pairs. Honking, fighting and mating all day long. I’m moored outside the Narrowboat, a great little waterside pub in Angel, … Continue reading

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London’s Canal Museum

Passed today through the locks at Camden and St Pancras then arrived at Battlebridge Basin. Took a chance and drove right in, hoping that the mooring outside the London Canal Museum would be free. Couldn’t help boasting as I maneuvred … Continue reading

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