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Sep 22, 2020 - Make hay while the sun shines

This is the state of some of the locks along the canal. More water leaking in (or out as the case may be) than going out (or in as the case may be)!!!! We spent a couple of nights at Froxfield which is about 5 miles from Hungerford. Then we decided last night after hearing that the weather is going to turn to rain and wind tomorrow that we should move on today as we needed to have the wheel house down to negotiate some of the lock walkways. We spotted this tree leaning precariously across the canal on our walk the other day, so Tony...

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Sep 18, 2020 - Great Bedwyn

We walked up the hill at the top of Great Bedwyn and spotted this phone tower. This pic of the same tower is taken from the boat. Why is it that with direct line of sight we have very little or intermittent phone reception???!!!!!!! Traffic on the canal has slowed down considerably in the last 2 days as they've had a bit of a disaster on the other side of the summit with a broken sluice gate and water escaping so that a stretch of the canal is drained of water and 35 boats are stuck and 3 have sunk! We've had troubles for the last couple...

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Sep 16, 2020 - Great Bedwyn, 51.3790248, -1.5981473

Our day of rest yesterday saw us walking to Great Bedwyn where we are now moored. This fisherman just happened to catch something whilst we were talking to him. This is the size of the fish they were catching last weekend. However, we just heard some shouting and a bloke caught a large Pike at the back of our boat, at least a foot long, so they were very excited. The pig farm still has some large pigs - couldn't see any smaller pigs though, so maybe they are down sizing!!!! Another jigsaw complete - only 450 pieces in this one. This...

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Sep 14, 2020 - Fishing Comp

The row of fishermen yesterday - we didn't see anyone catch anything whilst we were walking along the tow path though. Today's trip involved going up 2 locks along the summit and through the Bruce tunnel, then down 6 locks and just squeezed into a spot near the next lock landing. It's been very warm today which made it more tiring. It's been quite busy this morning with lots of boats going backwards and forwards. We couldn't get any closer to the railway line!

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Sep 12, 2020 - It's ONLY 5 miles

It's only 5 miles, he says. Where to?, I says. Marlborough, he says, do you want to go for a walk? This was at 11.45am this morning. Silly me says OK!! Off we trot, and the first thing we see is a CRT man trying to get the water level up in the pound below us as it's very, very low. There was a holiday boat very stuck in the mud and they were going to be there for some time before the pound was deep enough for them to move. We ambled along the country lanes for about 7 kms then we met the A435 and had to walk along that without a...

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Sep 12, 2020 - Quiet days

This pic shows how much the level is down. It has been lower than that over the last couple of weeks and everyone who comes along is complaining about it being so shallow. The CRT are "monitoring the levels". Not doing anything about it, just monitoring it!! Just like they're monitoring this boat - it has 2 notices on it about paying their registration , and the vines are creeping all over it. It looks like it's been abandoned. It will probably be there for a couple of years before anything is done about it....

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Sep 10, 2020 - Fishing

Our walk today took us to Burbage Wharf. We passed a few fishermen preparing for the fishing competition coming up on Sunday. A 13 metre rod gets it across the other side of the canal where the bigger fish are - the fish they were catching wouldn't have been more than 4 inches long, but it's the total weight of all the fish they catch on the day that counts. another jigsaw complete- only 500 pieces this time and it was quite easy....

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Sep 9, 2020 - Wootton Rivers

Just a few more pics taken on our walks around Pewsey. These Jungle Book characters look great in the midldle of the river. And the latest completed jigsaw. We've now moved on to Wootton Rivers for a couple of days. We're very close to a water point so Tony is out scrubbing and hosing down the roof of the boat. ...

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Sep 5, 2020 - Pewsey

It was a bit damp on our walk around Wilcot, so we ended up with wet feet at the end of the walk. The army is out and about with a helicopter this time - we're reasonably close to the Salisbury Army Camp and they've been doing bombing practise over the last couple of days. We moved on to Pewsey and to our surprise there was a mooring just waiting for us - we've been very lucky so far. This interesting story was in a shop window in Pewsey....

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Sep 2, 2020 - Wilcot 51.349020, -1.803916

The day started off with brilliant sunshine and blue skies but by 1.30 it clouded over and started raining. We had to queue at the waterpoint at Honeystreet and then we went along a little further to the fuel boat and had a good catch up with Ed and Karen. We've passed this boat a few times and it always makes me smile. A walk into All Cannings yesterday and there was some repair work being done to the ceilings inside the church. Apparently the lead had been stolen some time ago and they replaced it with some tin, but the rain had seeped...

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Aug 31, 2020 - All Cannings 51.3583084, -1.887474081

Todays walk along the towpath proved interesting - we heard someone yelling and thought he was shouting for his dog!! Not so, it seems he was just a little high on something!! He was riding a bike and pulled up to let us go past, then decided to chat. However, a very pleasant chap he was, & quite funny. He changed his name a few years ago to "Ding Dong, Mix Veg" no word of a lie - he showed us his ID. He was a gardener and loved to grow veg. He also showed us his pack of weed and sachet of white stuff & let us know he's banned from every...

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Aug 23, 2020 - Back in Devizes

Almost 12 weeks after we left, we're back. 36 locks over the last 4 days! Just as well we got up early this morning, we beat the rain and after sweet talking Steve & Kay (whom we met when here over the lockdown) they moved up a bit so we could get onto the mooring. And if we'd been any later we would not have been able to moor here. There is a constant line of boats waiting to use the water point, plus those who are just passing through, it's like Flinders Street at peak hour.

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