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Nov 5, 2019 - We got a pew!!

Surprise,surprise, surprise!!! We moved on to Pewsey this morning, expecting to have to pass through, but we just managed to squeeze into a spot which must have been vacated very recently. This statue of King Alfred stands at an intersection in the village and was erected to show the local approval of the crowning of King George V. A lovely big old church dating back to around 900AD, There isn't a clock face on the Church tower, the ancient clock rings on the hour.

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Nov 4, 2019 - Thatcher at work

The tow path is so muddy in places after the rain that you slip and slide and get bogged in it. Saw this on our walk yesterday - a long walk to Pewsey Wharf which was a round trip of 11km. We went to check out if there was any moooring space there - NO!!!!!! All the available spaces are taken. The sun was shining on this house peering over the stubble as we walked back.. The thatcher is at work today,poor sod has to get down the ladder every time a vehicle comes along to let them past as the road is so narrow. The council apparently...

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Nov 2, 2019 - Wet and windy

A new thatch happening in the village, being Saturday there was no one working on it, but if we can manage to stay here until Monday we may get to see them putting it together. The local pub is a 16th Century building. This is another village with lots of thatched roofs. An impressive dry stone wall in someone's garden. The Church is very plain - not a stained glass in sight. A lovely pulpit though. I thought this grave stone was interesting. History in the clock tower. The day began with quite strong winds and lots of rain. It...

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Nov 1, 2019 - Up again, down again, jiggity jig

After going up another 50' over 6 locks we reached the summmit, which is no comparison to the Leeds & Liverpool canal summit, then we reached the Bruce tunnel. and wouldn't you know it , the only boat we met today was just approaching the other end of the tunnel with a headlight that wasn't working and just using a phone torch to see their way through!!! Compared to the other tunnels we've been through this one was easy! There was no dripping water at all and the roof was quite high - we still had to have the roof down all the way...

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Oct 31, 2019 - Wellie workout

My wellies really got a working out today. We walked the tow path to check out the BRUCE TUNNEL - it's 3km ahead of us. Then we continued off the canal path into Burbage. The church is quite big, but not as spectacular as many of the other Churches we've seen. This one is twinned with Bendigo Cathedral, Victoria. While we were walking along a track to find our way back to the canal I spotted this car registration plate hanging on someone's fence. Another lovely thatched roof. We are definately in a more affluent part of the country...

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Oct 30, 2019 - A busy day on the canal 51.359721, -1.6243384

I finally remembered to take my camera with me while opening a lock and guiding Tony through the bridge and gates. We were lucky here to have a couple of walkers who helped to close the gates for us. The majority of locks have very badly leaking gates, the maintenance crews won't possibly be able to fix them all this winter. We travelled through another 4 locks and are moored at Crofton pumping station almost at the summit. The village of Wilton is close by and we wandered across the fields into the village this afternoon. The crystal...

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Oct 29, 2019 - A day out

We decided we need some wellies, so to get them we had to go back to Newbury to the shops, and to get there we had to play on the trains again. We killed 2 birds with one stone by taking the shopping trolleys and buying groceries too. The train was nice and clean with plenty of leg room. A bit pricey though at £6.30 each return (3 stations from here). We were both going to get the long legged wellies but then Tony spotted the short,fur lined pair of ladies boots so I got those. the long grass around the locks is very wet now and our shoes...

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Oct 28, 2019 - Will Brexit ever happen?

We are just watching the news with the Brexit arguments happening between the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition!! What a schmozzle!!!! It's enough to make you want to put a bomb under them all. The local church is another large one, and very old. Our walk took us through the woods - on the lookout for bodies again! Some lovely berries and funghi, we followed a couple of Pheasants along the track for quite a long way. Could this be a Badger Sett?

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Oct 27, 2019 - A touch of Frost

We awoke to a light dusting of frost on the canvas this morning. Daylight saving ended last night. We moved on to Great Bedwyn today as the sun was shining brightly after a miserable day of rain yesterday. Another rise of 27'8" over 5 locks. We were very lucky there was a mooring available close to town. We haven't been into the village as yet, instead our walk was a 7 km round trip to check on a friend's boat. Along the way we passed a pig farm with some seriously big pigs!

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Oct 24, 2019 - Black Boys and Cockies!!

This stretch of canal has an abundance of Black boy grass trees growing along the banks. Tony spotted the Cocky in a tree - a long necked one at that. White heron in fact. This lonely swan was just drifting along. We had this to contend with the other day - a swing bridge in the middle of a lock. It was quite stiff to open too. There's lots of lovely bright coloured lichen in the hedgerows now....

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Oct 23, 2019 - Little Bedwyn

A quaint little village is Little Bedwyn, with thatched roofed houses and buildings dating back to the mid 1800's. The old horse stables with a boar's head on top of the wind vane and the big bonfire in the village green ready for bonfire night. The Church is covered in flint and looks very pretty. To our surprise it was open so we had a look inside.. This Church spire is 800 years old and was struck down by lightning in 1963 so has been replaced. These beautiful pages were in the memorial book. The leaves are looking very...

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Oct 22, 2019 - Onward and upward

We rose 30'4" today over 4 locks. Some hard work on a few of the lock gates, and a very stiff swing bridge in the middle of one of the locks. Someone had forgotten to follow the instructions at this lock and didn't leave the lock empty - the gates are leaking so badly it just keeps filling up, so was overflowing. We spotted some grape vines growing on the side of the hill just before a lock. After we had tied up etc. we wandered over to the outskirts of the village of Froxfield where there are some old almshouses. A very simple...

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