Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A Thankful Village.

8pm Sunday 10th April ...
... the view towards Stoke Hammond Lock.
On Monday we walked into the village of Stoke Hammond - A Thankful Village - because the village was one of the few in England that lost no men in World War 1 - something indeed to be thankful for.
It was whilst walking back down the towpath from Soulbury Locks  that we saw this pair of Mandarin Ducks in their favourite habitat - under overhanging vegetation.
 Tuesday saw us pulling the pins and continuing our journey - we thought that we'd seen all the Wyvern Shipping hire boats passing us whilst we were moored below Stoke Hammond Lock but when we reached the base there were at least another dozen!
 First sighting of the white lion in the far distance.
 The countryside south of Grove and Church Locks is spectacular!
The lion is on Dunstable Downs in South Bedfordshire and was built in 1933. 
We're currently moored below Slapton Lock; we've been this way before - if you'd like to see more pictures click here. Tomorrow we're heading for Marsworth Junction. 

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