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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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Aug 22, 2020 - Up we go again

We had Claire and Nick to crwew for us today which was great. They had never done locks before and had volunteered to give assistance. They enjoyed themselves - bet they'll be sore and sorry tomorrow though!! We had a couple of interesting manouvres to make as we met some boats coming down the flight - the first were 2 narrow boats and the second was a wide beam, same size as us. Tony did a little dance around them and we got through with ease. We also had to contend wwith quite a heavy shower of rain for about 10 minutes whilst waiting...

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Aug 21, 2020 - Back again

5 locks and 2 swing bridges yesterday, and again very lucky to get a mooring spot at Sells Green. The hire boats were obviously heading back to base and passing fast and thick. Today we had 7 locks and very strong wind to contend with, and this little head popped itself through the top of one of the locks to see what we were doing We're now back at the bottom of the Caen Hill flight of locks and will ascend them tomorrow.

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Jun 4, 2020 - Rowde

This row of nicely manicured trees in someone's front garden looks very impressive. Our walk took us to the bottom lock and then back via a field walking track to the village of Rowde. Of course we headed for a once around the churchyard. This very well preserved grave stone is one of the earliest deaths we've come across on a stone that is readable. 1773. The lion on the roof is protecting quite a large house on the outskirts of the village....

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Jun 3, 2020 - Can I say "I told you so?"

We set off around midday yesterday and went down the first lock - I had mentioned to Tony that we should probably have the roof down!!! No, he says, we'll take it down if we need to when we get there. So Tony started to go out of the lock and then decided that because the bridge was on an angle we needed to take the roof down, so he reversed back into the lock and we had to refill the lock before we could take the doors off!!!!!! We went through 6 locks which took us 3 hours. This morning our friends, Nick and Jools came to help us to...

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Jun 2, 2020 - Sunday Carvery - takeaway

This beautiful coloured clematis is growing outside the pub where we were moored. And as we walked up for our walk on Sunday we smelled the aroma of roast. Then saw the sign that said Sunday carvery - takeaway, so on our way back we decided to get some . So 2 dinners were enough to give us this meal on Sunday night and the same again last night!! Very nice. I was sitting doing my latest jigsaw when I heard some cheeping noises and looked out to see mummy and 9 little ones. We came back to Devizes yesterday and will be going off this...

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May 29, 2020 - Movement

There has been a bit of movement with a quite a few boats going out from their moorings in the marina for a short day trip and return as trips are supposed to be limited to short distances until otherwise notified by the CRT. The 1st June seems to be when it all starts up again so next week may see a bit more traffic. Yesterday we went to the nearby village of Bishops Cannings to check out the new thatched roof that we saw being done in January. We walked through the Church grounds to get to the village and spotted this grave with what...

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May 27, 2020 - Time for a channge of scene

Tony spent a couple of days polishing the starboard side of the boat last week while we were at Devizes, and he wanted to do the port side without having dogs sniffing him and people making "funny" remarks, so we came back to the Bridge Inn for a couple of days, where he has somewhere reasonably comfortable and free from interruptions. These photos were taken back in January when we were here, Quite a difference apart from the continuing noise from the crows who now have youngsters making noise!! But at least we don't have hundreds of...

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May 23, 2020 - Open Sesame

Today they opened the locks for boats to come up, tomorrow they can go down. Passage had to be booked and they were only open for a few hours. So we decided to go and have a gander to see just how many were on the move. We saw 4 narrow boats and some CRT people so it's not overly busy to start off. They won't be in full operation till the 1st June, so we won't be going anywhere soon. It will be interesting to see how much movement there is over the next few days - we don't expect there to be many making the journey as they didn't want to...

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May 18, 2020 - 92 not out!!

This elderly couple walk the tow path doing a blockie almost every day. They are 92 years old, bless them, - I hope that if we make it to that age that we are as sprightly as they are. They walk faster than a lot of people 20 years younger than them. Restrictions are slowly being lifted but we are still not able to move except to get water. However you'd think everything was back to normal at the weekend as the roads were full of traffic and the tow paths chockers with walkers, joggers and riders. Not to mention the canoes and kayaks by...

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May 12, 2020 - An unexpected trek!

Our short walk on Sunday turned into a 12 km trek! We ended up taking the road to Potterne and then cut across to the bottom of the Caen Hill flight of locks. Consequently, yesterday was a day of rest. This lovely waterfall is someone's front garden, they appear to have redirected water from a small creek to make it. Rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias are all blooming at present. Lovely cottages. These trees are also in full bloom now and are looking lovely. Hanging on very delicately!!

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