Having recently sold a couple of canal scenes I thought that I would paint a view of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at Parbold. Another reason was to rattle the Troll’s cage – it gets agitated when it sees a canal – though never reading its rants, it might have changed for all I know or care.

I liked the boat tucked into the sunny mooring though I changed it to a narrowboat and the figures I borrowed from another photo. I saw some guys in a narrowboat when I was painting along the canal in the summer. They didnt look your usual barge folk. When I packed up to leave I walked past them and heard them speak in a foreign language. Later, it occurred to me that perhaps they were using narrowboats to house foreign workers – or perhaps illegal immigrants, who knows. There are quite a few craft well past their prime moored along the canal so that might be an easy way to raise some income. Though once you`ve handed the keys over your asset might disappear off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

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    • Thanks Vic. Its all a question of taste: for me narrowboats are great to hire on holiday and slowly see the countryside. I know three people who bought one and they all got rid. If you own it ( and dont live and tour on it) you see the same countryside all the time as you leave your moorings and it can take days to find new places. Locks can also slow your progress and are hard work.
      As for the troll, they’re one sandwich short of a picnic. I think there’s a grudge there but they would give themselves away if they revealed it.

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      • “Locks can also slow your progress and are hard work.” I’m not sure I understand this. Are you referring to a locking mechanism on board the boat? I know our countries both speak English but, terminology is different, many times. I still have trouble wrapping my head around “ripping the piss.”

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      • These are different locks, Vic. Canals are basically flat stretches of water. They barely flow, unlike rivers. To follow the topography of the surrounding land you need to sometimes raise or lower the level of the canal. This is done by locks. Locks are basically dams which separate the canal at different levels. There are two sets of gates ( or dams). Coming along the canal at the lower level, if the gates nearest to you were open you would steer your craft into the lock and shut the gates behind you. Then slightly open the gates in front of you and let the water in and start to rise up to the new level. Once at the higher level you would fully open the gates and continue on your way. In some places there are banks of locks, 2,3,4 5 6 … if the level difference is great. I wont trouble you at this stage with canal lifts.
        Never heard of ripping the piss – taking the piss, yes – I do it all the time.

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      • Ah! Thank you! You just described the Panama Canal. Gotcha.

        I’ve heard “ripping the piss”, “taking the piss”, “taking the mickey”… I know it is a referral to making fun of someone. The slang is just different from us. We just say “F***ing with someone.” I still have trouble with it. LOL!


        This blogger had it in his header for years before changing it:

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  1. Very evocative – your picture reminds very much of my time on the Grand Union in a narrow boat. It was such a wonderful way to live. If I didn’t have mobility issues I think I’d sell my place and buy a narrowboat.

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  2. Thanks Jo. For a place to live they have something going for them, I think. As a hobby, they are hard work. As I said to Vic I know three people who have got rid of them when they realised some of the drawbacks. But they make good subjects to paint.

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