Healing Stone, Gloucester Docks & a Red Light Ship


[Music] In last weeks vlog, I travelled up to here
on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. It’s now time to leave Frampton on Severn and continue
up to the city of Gloucester. Just north of Fretherne Swing Bridge is the
site of the former Cadbury’s Factory. Ground cocoa beans and sugar were blended with milk
collected from local farms around Gloucestershire. The mixture was then baked to form a sort
of chocolate crumb. Very nice indeed. This was taken by boat up the canal and the River
Severn to Bournville, which is south of Birmingham for final processing. The factory closed in 1983, and the site is
now full of smaller businesses. Joe Energy operates from within the green container here,
and they sell very well prices diesel and I made sure I filled up as I passed heading
north. [Music] Out in the county of Gloucestershire, there’s this seven and a half foot stone in the middle
of a field. It’s the Longstone of Minchinhampton and local folk law says if you pass an infant
child through any of the holes, they’re cured of ailments like whooping cough, measles
and rickets. Probably won’t ask the NHS about that one! The holes have naturally formed through the
limestone. Farmers have even attempted to pull the stone out with oxen, but something
stopped it from being moved. If you do go and visit this stone by car,
be prepared to wait for a while as cattle casually wander across the roads here. [Engine and water noise] My dad came to visit for a few days, and we
have been able to make some progress inside. We’ve continued the green waterproof boarding
along the walls, and after removing the Morso chimney, we cut out the hole in the ceiling.
The boards on the ceiling are again waterproof MDF, and I cut out the holes for the lights
before putting the boards up. I’ll be using these low-profile LED lights that produce
6000 kelvins of light using 1.8 watts at 12 volts. On the upper side of the ceiling, I
taped 2.5mm twin core cables in and out of each light hole, making multiple zones for
lighting. Kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and bedroom. In yet another change, I decided to run cable
trays either side of the central boards to give the impression of a larger ceiling. These
boards are 9mm tongue and groove effect MDF, and boy, they were heavy and difficult to
manoeuvre. Thanks, Dad, for all the back-breaking work! I’ve also installed this solid oak flooring
to the walking area of the bedroom floor. After insulating the whole floor, I screwed
the board’s edges to the original ply flooring. These boards were great to push together using
just their tongues and groves, and there was no need to push them in at an angle. I then
applied wood oil to protect them from Molly and my wet footprints. [Music] Heading into the basin you can pass Sula,
a big red lightship. This ship has become an iconic sight within the docks of Gloucester
for a number of years. The owners have been trying to sell it and it even appeared on
eBay for £450,000. After a major survey last month, the owners are finally in an advanced
stage with the sale. So good luck with that. I’ve decided to give Gloucester Docks a
bit of a go. I’ve never stayed there over-night. So, its free for 24 hours, I know that. So,
I’m going to see if I can get some mooring. [Music] Today’s journey has seen me leave Frampton
on Severn and travel through the busy Saul Junction and continue northeast towards the
city of Gloucester. The suburb of Quedgeley neighbouring the eastern side of the canal
has a number of large supermarkets, take away’s and shops within easy walking distance of
the cut. The canal then makes a dogleg turn and its final straight approach to the docks
where there are three key basins surrounded by large warehouse buildings. Once again this bridge is lifting for me,
and me only. I always feel bad going through this one because lots and lots of people have
to stop and wait. But I’ll zip through as fast as I can. [Sirens sound] [Water sounds and distant chatter] [Music] Just over 190 years ago the Gloucester and
Sharpness canal was opened bypassing the River Severn. This made Gloucester an inland port
and the busy docks would have been filled with narrowboats, sailing and steamships and
barges. Today the docks are still busy but with bars,
restaurants, boaters and businesses. There are a number of pontoons within the
large basin and although there’s no locked gate, the access is restricted to boaters
which seem to keep people from walking down to the boats. I moored here on a dry and warm, Saturday
night. Not ideal as the docks are lined with restaurants and bars and it was rather noisy.
Only until closing though and then suddenly it went very quiet. The lift bridge does have
restrictions of when they can open due to traffic so make sure you check this before
you travel. The surrounding areas are busy and an ideal
place to dine out or watch a movie like I did. [I whistle the Downton Abbey theme tune] Last week I thanked Patreon supporter Andrew
Rizzo and I’m really sorry Andrew I spelt your surname wrong. So here you are again. I also want to thank David Hopper from Missouri
in the United States for your Patreon support. In the next episode, I go back out onto the
River Severn and travel against the powerful rivers flow. Until next time, see you later.

100 thoughts on “Healing Stone, Gloucester Docks & a Red Light Ship

  1. Another great video, and Alice is looking great, love the downlights. The longstone is brilliant I may have trouble getting my four year old Grandson through the holes but we could always try. I look forward to your next video. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 6000K is the colour of the light. The higher the number the bluer (harsher) the light. Lower makes the light redder (cosier and more like incandescent colours). You might find some bananas that give you 80 yellows of fruit ๐Ÿ˜‰ another great vid… Molly is a star

  3. Your videos and knowledge are outstanding Jono
    Production quality far surpassing anything on TV
    And your attention to detail in regards to construction, leaves many trades people for dead

  4. Jono – it would be a great help to viewers if your videos were numbered. Well – it would be a great help to me at least. I am struggling to find the first one and checking uploads dates is a pain in the stern.

  5. I looked at a flat in the new(Er) blue building you passed but husband didnโ€™t want to move across the pond. We have since lost his mother and his 95 year old dad is having a bit of trouble of late so he made the right choice. But the flat was very nice and being on the water with lots of restaurants and boats and such it is probably lovely right now. And what does that have to do with anything? I donโ€™t know. It just reminded me when I saw it. Great video! Molly was having a bit of fun running around. Her coat looks very shiny and healthy. She seems to be a happy dog. With a wicked sense of humor!

  6. Very beautiful and historical area ! I hope you donโ€™t hit those swans swimming in the canal.
    Thank you for sharing. Ciao yโ€™all
    ( Bit hug to Molly )

  7. Absolutely excellent Jono. I like the way you use the Mavic as a low level mount in the middle of the wide canal. Looking forward to your next vlog. Cheers

  8. As always, love your videos, for many reasons, including Molly, the drone, the map, the photography, and your soundtrack. As a Yankee, my English geography is pretty stale. I would find it very useful if your Google Earth tour ended with zooming out enough to show the extent of your day's travels in reference to the region. Even better would be a route in another color showing where you've been this season. Nothing that Youtube Royalty couldn't manage ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lovely vlog. Great to Miz Molly enjoying herself. She is gorgeous just like my Miz Molly (who is of the feline variety). Canโ€™t wait to see the next episode ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  10. Another super professional video Jono. For me, your Vlogs set a standard that only a few others can emulate. It's always a relaxing and smooth experience – seamless video and audio editing plus interesting commentary on the canals and places you visit.
    We flew over from Oz in '97 and did the Stourport ring in a boat hired at Stoke Prior. I hadn't planned it but the proprietor said "… no, go up the Tardebigge flight, you'll be OK" which we did. He had shown us one lock and off we went. Not sure I would recommend it but we sure learned how to work the paddles and gates!
    My dream is to win the lottery here and spend 6 months doing what you lucky people do ๐Ÿ‘ Many thanks for the effort you put into your presentations…. Rick

  11. Yet another beautiful flowing video. Cracking work as always Jono. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    Please can I ask the name of the background music that starts playing at 6:42? Thanks and all the best from Perth, Western Australia. Mike

  12. For clarity, may I suggest the addition of a hyphen in your title – even though it is technically not required.
    There is a world of difference between a Red Light-Ship and a Red-Light Ship!

    Lovely video as usual Jono and I actually enjoyed the wordplay!

  13. Dads are always around to do hard work for their children. (Wait! I have Teenagers: is this what I'm in for? D'oh! Oh, no problem: it's EASIER than dealing with Teenagers!)

  14. Be careful in Gloucester someone had an accident there and stayed away forever. Great vlog thanks
    Molly is a diamond.

  15. 4:15 6000 Kelvin refers to the colour temperature – very very white; 2700-3000K is more like an incandescent lamp and many people feel it has a cosier feel. Output is measured in lumens. Good to see how the fit-out is coming.

  16. A happy Thursday with a new video from Molly and Jono! The first drone scene in the very beginning is so beautiful I stopped the video and enjoyed the view. Congratulations on successfully piloting Alice and the drone simultaneously. I would likely crash both of them if I tried. It's wonderful to see Molly, healthy and full of life. Black labs are such gorgeous dogs, but really only if they are not overweight, and alas, many are just that. Molly, however, is just perfect. Thank you for this lovely present, Jono!!

  17. Were just in the process of buying the Sula Lightship, hope to welcome you aboard! We have a narrowboat as well! We cc 6 months of the year!

  18. Thanks for another very well produced vlog Jono. Always very interesting and varied, in fact of all the vlogs I watch yours is the best. I will look into the Patreon aspect now. I have contributed to other vloggers through paypal in the past but Patreon maybe better for you? Regards Stuart from the frozen north ๐Ÿ‘

  19. In retrospect, and without the need to get things like the shower done first, would you be better putting the whole roof lining up then butting the bulkheads up to it or are you happy lining the roof of each room separate? I'm interested to see how you're going to box in the cable channel along the side of the roof.

  20. You said in a previous exchange that the inside of the boat was still a disaster area. But judging by the interior shots, it is by no means depressing and will obviously look extremely pleasant when it is finished.

  21. 6000K lighting is a very bluish light. To me, it is quite uncomfortable. In my RV's I have used 4500K Natural White lighting, and find it just right. Great video as always.

  22. You have not the (latin) vocabulary of (crusing the cut)…….but you prononce extremly well your english…..interesting for me who want learn…..english…I am french

  23. Great vlog as per usual.
    Steady she goes for the completing of your boat.
    Very impressive attention to the detail.
    Keep safe.
    Woof woof to Molly

  24. The G&S is so wide and peaceful and also near the M5 so surprised it doesnt have more boats moored up… Is the bank deep throughout or are there shallow sections

  25. I'm glad you cleared up the matter of the light ship which was painted red. At first I thought you were going to show a floating brothel!

  26. I am a bit surprised that you did not mention that the Cotswold Canal was being restored at Saul Junction where it will be connected to Stroud. Lovely drone shots of the canal and country side.

  27. Aboard my favorite vlog, feeling the floating views, and peace with strives in mental health… Thank you. Always walk away feeling healed. Your interior work is moving along well good to see. So, professional

  28. Jono. In a very tumultuous World, your vlogs keep us attached. I will be over in the old country next Easter. I would love to catch up with you.๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  29. Another much awaited vlog has been watched…:(โ€ฆโ€ฆ(only sad because I have already watched it and now have to wait another week for another one)..:) Superb as usual. Thank you, Jono.

    Taking your time and putting a lot of thought going into your fit out is really paying off, excellent results. I have no chance of ever living on a narrowboat, but that doesn't stop me designing my ultimate live aboard in my head…..the design changes quite often as I think of a "better" way to do something…:):):):):):):)

    If anyone knows what the strange looking wooden boat on the right at approx. 3.11 is, I would love to knowโ€ฆ.:)

  30. Dear Jono.

    I was hoping you were going to do the Severn crossing to Portishead and then to Bristol. Any reason why you didnt fancy it?

    PS Love the Vlog

  31. Just a quick note Jono… Even though the flooring is solid oak and seems immovable, it's still hygroscopic and will move either way depending on the moisture content of the surrounding air. Fixing down on one side of the floor is fine I suppose, but not both sides. I personally don't fix either side, I just let it float and allow a space between the floor edges and lining for expansion and contraction. Your skirting board will cover the gap and still allow for movement… Good vid's bytheway…

  32. The interior is going to be so satisfying to inhabit properly when it is all finished. It's taking an age but the payoff will be epic when it's all done. I can't wait to see it finished . . but I know that's exactly what I've got to do ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. It's really nice to see the area I live on your channel. I'm really enjoying watching your journey and your lovely dog (even if I am a little envious).

    I don't have a boat anymore but will do again someday soon. The river Avon is fantastic, I did a holiday on my last boat from Slimbridge (on the Sharpness Canal) to Stratford-upon-Avon and back.

  34. Another great video which I truly enjoyed but I do wonder why you do not number them episode 1,2,3, etc. This would make things a lot simpler when I would like to go back to a particular Vlog.

  35. Jono, I still say that you have the best quality videos on YouTube! But equally impressive is your wit – [going under the bridge] "… zip through as fast as I can". I suppose you mean at least 5 mph? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘

  36. Really well done again. Sounds like you improved the audio. The ambient sounds were sharp and crisp. Video was excellent especially enjoying the drone shots.

  37. Well, G&S is our winter home and it's amazing how much its changed in just 6 months, the housing being built at Monk Meadow is quite a shock after years of waiting, confidently we met the alleged new owners of Sula at the Audlem Historic boat festival. We left Gloucester in May one of 3 first narrow boats to leave Gloucester dock lock after it's full repair, we arrived at Droitwhich Spa Vine Park 12hrs n 20 minutes later non stop. I believe you were there and featured a glimpse of us on a blog as the Cider Boat. Thanks for this reminder of home ๐Ÿฅ‚

  38. The light ship is now a sound studio, search for lightship on youtube, show how they transformed it into a sound studio

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