Saturday, 24 September 2011

Signals here abouts are few and far between!

It's either no internet, no telly or no 'phone in this area of the K &A, and once or twice it's been all 3!
 We left Crofton on Tuesday heading for Great Bedwyn, it's only 1.5 miles but it's 5 of the slowest, leakiest locks ever, but the day was warm and sunny and the journey enjoyable.  This is Great Bedwyn Church as we approach ...
 ... Bedwyn Church Lock which has only one paddle on the top gates and took about half an hour to fill so that we could go down.  According the the chap on the boat moored there on the left, it's been like this for about 3-years!
Molly has had an ear infection for the past few days so George took her on the train into Hungerford to the vets there - she's been given some drops (which she hates) and we need to take her back on Monday.
 18:40 21st September - a dramatic sky - but it did stay dry albeit rather chilly.
 07:25 Friday 23rd we woke to a misty morning ...
 ... but it cleared before we set off for Hungerford after filling the water tank
 Molly is checking that George is not slacking at lock 67 Little Bedwyn
 BW maintenance guys have put in a new 'Winding Hole' sign (a place to turn boats)
 Cobblers lock has leaky top gates making the bottom gates very heavy to open ...
 ... and the lock cottage has now been sold at auction and has unfortunately been vandalised.  There's a very touching note on the door (along with a police warning notice) stating that 'We have bought this lovely cottage and intend to make it our home, please respect our property'
 The long straight to Hungerford Marsh Lock ...
... with its swing bridge over it - the last of the day.
We moored last night above Hungerford Lock and this morning moved down onto the 48-hour mooring by the town bridge, so we can stay here until Monday and move on after Molly has seen the vet again.
It's been a glorious day, warm and sunny; George has been scrubbing the cratch canvas and says he'll do the back canopy tomorrow - he's a good lad indeed!
We've got 3G/4bar wifi, 5 bar Vodaphone and a satellite telly signal here - can't ask for much more that that!
Our thoughts at present are with Sue and family of narrowboat No Problem.

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