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Dec 14, 2019 - Batteries

4 years, almost to the day, we have replaced batteries on a boat!! On 2nd December 2015, Tony & Mick carted 4 new batteries onto SeaQuill - a lot of heavy work,loading into the tender and then having to get them through a hatch and into place under the starboard bed. The batteries on TranQuill have been getting steadily unhappy and Tony decided they needed replacing. So, our friend, Nick, very kindly offered to help us obtain some lithium ion batteries. We collected them on Thursday and today Tony removed the 5 old batteries and...

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Dec 11, 2019 - Dodging the Sheriff!!

On Saturday the Wadworth Brewery just across from the canal had a Christmas Market. The cute snowmen and reindeer were for sale at one of the stalls - I thought they were a tad expensive though. The CRT Sheriff comes around once a week to take photos of each boat to send back to the office - if you've stayed more than the allowed period of time then they send you a "move on" email. Because we had our photo taken last Wednesday we decided to take a short trip back to Bishops Cannings to the Bridge Inn for the night and once the bloke...

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Dec 3, 2019 - Something different to get excited about!!

We were woken at 8am to the sounds of trucks reversing, barges clanging as they were moved to the ramp and men shouting to each other over the noise. It's now after midday and they are still at it! Three barges and a digger to be dismantled on the third barge. Who gets excited when the morning's entertainment is watching that!!!!

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Dec 1, 2019 - It's all go

It's all go on the canal this morning. As we set off for our walk the fuel boat was filling up the boat in front of us, a boat was turning around in the winding hole , the swans were looking for food and the canoes were paddling fast. We walked back to the Bridge Inn where we were last moored to check on Nick and Julie's boat as they're away in Lanzarote for the week. That was a 10.8km round walk. Fortunately there hasn't been any rain for a few days so the tow path had dried out a bit - still somewhat sloppy in places but mostly passable.

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Nov 30, 2019 - It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas

We made our way into Devizes on Thursday as we needed water. The moorings were almost full but Tony went over and spoke to a narrow boater who had at least 3 metres space behind his boat and asked if he would mind moving back a bit so we could get in. He very kindly did so. WE had been filling with water for about 20 minutes (usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour to fill) when I spotted a narrow boat approaching, so we very quickly stopped the water and moved across to the mooring spot before he reached it!!! Hahaha. It's a 72 hour...

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Nov 27, 2019 - Out and about again

Our walk today took us through Bishops Cannings and up the hill to a bridleway/pathway. The view of the village church from the top of the hill was lovely. This lot of pigsties belongs to The Manor Farm, quite a large farm in the village. We walked through the woods at the top of the hill in this photo, dutifully following the pathway. The woods had been cleared of all undergrowth and the ivy roots chopped off to stop them choking the trees. The berries are a brilliant colour and full and juicy, all the berry trees are loaded, usually...

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Nov 21, 2019 - Bishop's Canning,

Moving on again today we left the very muddy towpath at Honeystreet and tied up on a lovely mooring outside a pub called The Bridge Inn in Little Horton, just a couple of miles from Devizes. I finally was able to catch a kingfisher - only just, they are very fast and flit across the canal very quickly. We went into the nearby village of Bishop's Canning and spotted the thatcher at work. This particular house is going to take approximately 4 months to re thatch and approximatetly £40,000. The thatcher grows his own wheat to get it to a...

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Nov 16, 2019 - Honeystreet ( 51.352767N -1.8603420W

We moved on today about 5 miles to a place called Honeystreet. Luckily it was dry all day. And we have been very lucky since we left Wootton Rivers that we haven't had to take down the roof for the bridges as they are all somewhat bigger than we've had so far. The white chalk horse is not far away. This is the Alton Barnes White horse (there are several of them in Wiltshire). The horse is approximately 180 feet high and 160 feet long and was cut in 1812.

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Nov 15, 2019 - Salisbury Cathedral

The view from the top of the bus on our trip to Salisbury this morning. These bus drivers are incredible the way they have to manouver through narrow lanes and parked cars. You don't see a road sign like this very often. We went through a military area, covering a large area, and tanks cross the roads in a few places. We passed Stone Henge on the trip too. This cathedral was built in the 13th century, (1220 - 1258) over 38 years, using 60,000 tons on stone, 2,800 tons of oak and 420 tons of lead. The spire is Britain's tallest and...

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Nov 10, 2019 - Blenheim Palace

Although cool today (40’s), it was nice and sunny today as we took a bus to Blenheim Palace which is a monumental country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It has a 2,300 pipe organ which is the largest private owned organ in England. Each day at certain...

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Nov 10, 2019 - Autumn

The Beech trees are looking really nice at present, it won't be long before they are completely bare. There were so many of these large holes in one area of the woods that I wouldn't have been surprised if the ground had opened up and we had done an Alice in Wonderland!!! We have a few of these lovely bullfinches in the trees across from the boat.

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Nov 9, 2019 - Getting dark earlier and earlier

We didn't go out for our walk until after 3.30 yesterday and by just after 4 the sun was starting to set. So we cut the walk short only going about 2km before turning around, not wanting to get caught out in the dark. We've had some rain over the last few days, although Thursday was beautiful sunshine most of the day, but they are really suffering in the midlands with flooding.

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