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A set of images all taken on my recent canalboat holiday on the Grand Union Canal in the Midlands. I embarked on this jaunt with four of my mates and we hired out two narrowboats, the Arm of the Union the larger boat which three of us, myself included travelled on, and the smaller vessel, the Wicked William which was a crew of two. The weather was mixed for this trip, it ranged from hard frosts at night, bright sunshine later in the week, heavy rain on the first day, strong winds and flurries of snow at times as well as thick fog and mist which made visibility difficult on our first full day. In fact i think we had every type of British weather imaginable when we navigated the waterways of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. Our voyage started at the marina in Market Harborough in Leicestershire and we travelled through Foxton Locks and pleasant countryside South to Braunston passing through numerous small villages and hamlets en route. This selection of images documents part of the voyage and shows us negotiating the locks at Braunston and Watford which is close to the motorway and Watford Gap services, as well as the main railway line to Leicester.
V1 - Glenn on Arm of the Union negotiating one of the locks at Braunston
V2 - Chris A, a native of Leicestershire opening a lock at Watford Locks close to Watford Gap services
V3 - Chris A closing a lock at Watford Locks
V4 - Gwyn & Chris M on the Wicked William
V5 - Chris M closing a lock at Braunston
V6 - Glenn taking the Arm of the Union through the lock at Welford, which leads to the Welford Arm of the Grand Union Canal which leads to Welford Marina where we moored up for Friday night
V7 - Chris M & Gwyn mooring Wicked William before attempting to negotiate the lock at Welford
V8 - The Arm of the Union approaching a bridge before the locks at Braunston
V9 - The Arm of the Union passing another narrowboat called Waterhog on the approach to Watford locks
V10 - Chris M opening the lock at Welford so that Gwyn can get the Wicked William through
V11 - Chris A opening a lock at Braunston
V12- Glenn closing the lock at Welford
V13 - Glenn opening the lock at Welford to let the Wicked William through
V14 - Chris M opening one of the locks at Watford Gap

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon IXUS 107
Lens:5.0 - 20.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.1 - 112.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Mar 2013 - 10:15 AM
Focal Length:17.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Grand Union Canal candids
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:15 Mar 2013 - 1:51 PM
Tags:Barges, Canalboat Club, General, Grand union canal, Narrowboats, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Transport
Votes:45
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 1:57 PM

Great documentary series. Love the mistiness of 4, 6, 12 & 13. The rest include freezing action shots that show the hard work involved in canal travel beautifully. My those guys look cold!

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 15 Mar 2013 - 2:00 PM

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saeidNL
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15 Mar 2013 - 2:10 PM

Hi Ed Welcome back,
What fantastic and Wonderful documentary images,All very beautiful,V4,V6 and V12 are my favorites,very well done,
saeid

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Silverzone
15 Mar 2013 - 2:30 PM

Looks like a good Jaunt. Sylvia

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Badgerfred
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15 Mar 2013 - 2:42 PM

Interesting set of images Ed,
Fred.

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42289 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
15 Mar 2013 - 2:47 PM

A good set of images here Ed, an excellent photo diary - looks like you did indeed have a mixed bag of British weather. Thank you for your very kind comments on my recent uploads when you caught up - very very much appreciated. So glad you had a good break! Lou

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RonnieAG
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:02 PM

A great set documenting life on canal boat and the exertions required to pass through the lock system: not much room to squeeze a boat through in V 10.
So, not exactly the quiet life after all.
Ronnie.

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achieverswales
15 Mar 2013 - 3:06 PM

Great set of captures to look at sitting in the warm with a glass of wine Ed.

have a good weekend.

Regards

Trev.

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NDODS
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:23 PM

A fascinating insight into life on our wonderful waterways Ed.

It certainly looks like hard work opening and closing the locks.

My favourite of all the images is number eight. It resembles the waterways equivalent to the M2.

Regards Nathan

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 3:27 PM

Welcome back, Ed Smile You all look bl*ody frozen, not a T-shirt in sight. Were you the only two boats on the canal? Carol

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DicksPics
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:29 PM

An excellent documentary of a week on the canals, Ed!
Looks like hard work, at times, but, I'm sure a good time was had by all!
Have a good weekend - and, probably, a rest!!Wink

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AnnChown
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:29 PM

Welcome back! Hope you had fun - it looks a lot of hard work!
Ann

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TyChee
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:44 PM

A lot going on at that place. Nice set of shots.
Ty

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A Booth
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:55 PM

You have obviously been pushing the boat out to capture this superior set of waterside activities.

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graceland
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:59 PM

great set well done

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Maiwand
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15 Mar 2013 - 4:20 PM

Sounds like you all had a cracking good time Ed. Looks like there was a lot of hard graft at the locks. Bet you all lost weight. A series of super images.
Ron

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WhiteRose1
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15 Mar 2013 - 4:55 PM

I've never heard of anyone having a bad holiday on a barge... sounds wonderful. I like the atmospheric misty mystery ones, Ed. Welcome back.

Dave

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EAS
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15 Mar 2013 - 5:27 PM

A wonderful documentation of what seems to have been a great time had by all. Love the name of that narrow boat "Wicked William"!

Ann

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gary_d
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15 Mar 2013 - 6:20 PM

A great set of images Ed, so that's where you got to as I missed you on site. - gary

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EMJAYCEE
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15 Mar 2013 - 7:36 PM

We have friends who enjoy this type of holiday - they actually moor their boat at the bottom of their garden. Always seems like a lot of hard work to me!
You have documented your trip with some excellent images Ed and I hope you all enjoyed youselves.
Joan.

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pamelajean
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:19 PM

Hope you had a fun trip. Lots of action in your series of shots, and a good indication of the weather you encountered.

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Irishkate
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:36 PM

I've always marvelled at boats going through locks - fascinating to see water levels rise and even out
and as you've shown us here a lot of hard work.
My absolute favourite is V4 with that lovely mist.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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brownsilent
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:53 PM

A good stack of images! Don't these boats get stuck in these locks??? Nice reportage.
Johanna

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Glostopcat
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16 Mar 2013 - 12:53 AM

Many thanks for all your comments and clicks and to Robin for the user award, it is greatly appreciated, Ed

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Ray42
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16 Mar 2013 - 7:33 AM

A great set - enjoyed everyone

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ChiliMan
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16 Mar 2013 - 11:44 AM

Sounds a grand adventure, Ed, especially with the variety of weather! V4 is sooo my favourite shot here Smile

Andrew

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bricurtis
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16 Mar 2013 - 12:58 PM

Really like the misty images ED - very atmospheric. My fave is V8 though that's a super composition and well detailed.
Brian.

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headskiesfly
16 Mar 2013 - 1:04 PM

Wonderful series of shots Ed.
Rick

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helenlinda
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16 Mar 2013 - 1:50 PM

Brings back many happy memories of locks WinkWinkWinkWinkBlushBlushBlush
Helen

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ChristineD
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16 Mar 2013 - 2:55 PM

Great set of captures

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annettep38
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21 Mar 2013 - 11:12 PM

it takes along time on the french internet to look at all those ... almost as long as the boat's journey, but Smile
it is worth it. my favourites are 4 and 6, I can feel the concentration in the fog!

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