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Nov 27, 2020 - Miserable day

Here's Queen Victoria in the park just the other side of the pond. Today started out misty/foggy which lifted around lunchtime but it was just cold and miserable all day. We walked a couple of miles to Greenham Common this afternoon and my nose felt like it had frostbite!!! Greenham Common had the longest runway in Europe and in the early 1980's was a storage place for nuclear weapons. There were demonstrations held in protest of the weapons. It's not the prettiest of places, with lots of gorse bushes scattered across it. But it's a...

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Nov 22, 2020 - Market Day

On our walk yesterday we found it was market day. We're supposed to be in lockdown until 4th Dec and yet they still allowed the market to run. Not one stallholder was wearing a mask including the food stalls - couldn't believe it!! I couldn't resist buying some flowers - these ornamental cabbage (Brassica Oleracea) and purple tulips from Lincolnshire were just calling me! so I treated myself. The pond magically filled up again and a couple of people were sailing their remote control boats . It's now slowly draining again....

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Nov 20, 2020 - Donnington Castle

We didn't intentionally set out to walk to Donnington Castle, but that is where we ended up going. It's only 2 1/2km walk from the boat and until today we didn't know it was there. We took a different route to see a different part of town and spotted a sign pointing to the Castle so we followed it. An old medieval building (what's left of it!) It was a bit drizzly and dull, but not so damp as to make it uncomfortable. We passed this house along the way - looks important. Then as we walked back through town we spotted the most beautiful...

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Nov 17, 2020 - Fireworks

Since before bonfire night (5th November)we've had the sound of fireworks every night. The weekend especially there was a lot of activity. Hopefully they will be over it now. 2 days after they filled the pond it had emptied so far down again!! It seems to have stayed at that level for a few days now though and not completlely emptied like last time. Spotted this enormous trunk on the upside down tree on our walk around town the other day. Now that the leaves have fallen the trunk is more visible. We had one of the worst days since we've...

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Nov 11, 2020 - The Pond

After talking about the pond in my last blog we were awoken just after 8am yesterday with the sound of a pump. It was the council workers doing some work on the pond. They appeared to be cleaning it out and pumping out the drains so we half expected them to be fixing a leak. Within a couple of hours they were all gone and the pond was slowly filling up again! The gulls thought it was great and were flocking to it later in the day as it filled up. It's not full and it's 24 hours since they left, so will keep an eye on it and see how high...

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Nov 8, 2020 - Mist and sunshine

Our trip to Frome was uneventful. The canvas was repaired beautifully, the lady did a fantastic job. We had an hour to kill whilst waiting for it to be done, so we went into the town and had a quick wander around. Some cobbled streets and old buildings - the most curious was the lane way with the water running down the centre!! A hazard if ever I saw one - surprised us that it didn't have a grate covering it. We are moored at Victoria Park in Newbury - this is the view from the boat. The pond in the centre is for remote controlled boats...

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Nov 4, 2020 - Jack frost has arrived!!

We've been back in Newbury for a over a week now after going to Aldermaston for water. We moored up at the outside of town near Tesco for the week and then decided we would head to Kintbury and Hungerford where we can easily get water once we heard the rumour that Boris was going to lockdown the country from the middle of this week. So on Sunday we did our shopping and decided we'd move up the next lock into town and pay for water from the Marina as we were low again, and then we would head off Monday to Kintbury. We had one lock to take us...

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Oct 9, 2020 - Hamstead Marshall

We moved on a few miles today as we'd stayed over the 2 day limit in Kintbury. We wanted to get moving before the rain came - due around 1pm and we needed the wheel house down. We moored up just as the rain began. The holly trees are going to be beautiful this year by the look of it. We are moored at Hamstead Marshall, a small village with not much here but an estate and Church. A walking track runs through Craven Hall estate, which is a large country estate. ...

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Oct 16, 2019 - Yorkie

I've been wanting to try one of these Yorkie Wraps for some time and last night was the night. We went to the nearby Toby Carvery (who are famous for their Yorkshire Puds) and while Tony had a roast dinner I had the Roast Beef Wrap. Yummie. Another jigsaw finished yesterday. We took advantage of the fine weather window today and set off just before midday. Through 4 locks (a rise of 24'4"), and we are moored at the Benham Weir, Marsh Benham. (51.39825 -1.38039). Tomorrow is forcast showery but Friday is supposed to be fine again so we'll...

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Oct 14, 2019 - Fire

This weekend the French fire artists "Carabosse" who travel across Europe with their fire displays came to Newbury. There were 3 nights of displays, the first 2 were wet and raining, but last night was dry so we headed out to see it. The displays were lovely and there were lots of people around taking it all in. The rain stayed off until we were safely back on board, and even though the two previous nights had been wet the organsers said there were just as many people wandering around on those nights as there were last night. The...

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Oct 12, 2019 - The Thatchem Reed beds

This photo was taken by friends who came through a few days after us. I was concentrating so much on the amount of space we had that I didn't take any photos. But Julie stands on the bow of their boat and she took the pic and sent it to me. It's raining today so it's going to be an inside day by the looks of it....

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Oct 6, 2019 - Sunshine today

It poured for most of the night I think, and then we awoke to a lovely sunny day. Not sure it's going to last very long but we'll take what we can get. We came back past the church on our walk to seek more mooring spots a bit further out of town. (Alas, there were none available!) Unfortunately the Church was closed up so we couldn't have a gander inside. This is a notice at the town lock, don't know how old it is but it's some time since a horse has pulled a boat along this canal. Another jigsaw completed this afternoon.

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