While I’ve been self-isolating I’ve been going through pictures and videos that I took over that last couple of summers on the canals in England and Wales. I started with mostly scenic shots, lovely bridges, peaceful stretches of canal, cows and sheep on green fields, that sort of thing. But they all started running together and after a few went by they began looking all alike.

I quickly realized that it was the people I shared my adventure and sometimes my boat with that drew my interest. Some I had met along the way, often spending several days with them sharing locks and pub nights. Others were friends from home who made the huge commitment to travel to stay with me for a few days. And there were even several that I had met in 2018 that I was able to reconnect with in 2019.

So that’s the focus of these slide shows, showing some of the people that have come to mean so much to me on my canal travels, and in my life. Of course, there were many others of whom I didn’t get a photo. There’s also a few scenic pictures, of places with particular memories. If you’ve been following the blog you might recognize some of them.




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8 Replies to “People and memories of 2018 and 2019”

  1. That was truly lovely Doug, and I can only imagine how heartbroken you must be to think that this season may not be possible 😥 Stay safe and well 🤗

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I’m having trouble thinking about not being back there for a while but I’m still so much better off than many.

  2. Hi Dougie,
    Lovely to see you at the quizzes each week. Also how wonderful to see the start of the video with you in Oxford with the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ in the background. We grew to love Oxford which Matt was at the University. I feel he became immune to all the beautiful buildings during his 3 years there. Actually The Bridge of Sighs is part of Matt’s college, Hertford so lovely to see you there.

    1. I’m loving the quizzes, Lots of fun and a good excuse to day drink (as if I needed one). I loved Oxford, as a serious geek i found the museums amazing. The architecture was great too, so much to see…

  3. Gave me goose bumps looking at that pic crossing the aqueduct. I’m hoping can get back to that soon. You and me as well, at least for a bit

  4. Hi Doug, came across your blog whilst looking through Kath and Annamarie’s vlog, I enjoyed your episode, I really admire your jump in an go with the flow attitude. I have read your story to date and have found it interesting, entertaining and heartwarming in equal measure. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing how your journey on our canal network pans out, restarting hopefully soon. Take care of yourself.

    1. Thank you so much Tony, I’m glad it’s being enjoyed. I too hope the adventure restarts soon, I’ll be blogging again if it does! Writing during the lockdown has been tough, everyone is going through the same Groundhog Day life…nothing new or intersting. 🙂 Take good care too.

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