Wednesday, 28 September 2011

What a great day!

Started with a mist ...
... taken this morning at 8am
 We set off at a very civilised hour just after 10 with the dew still evident on the cobwebs!
 We'd inspected this hugh bowl structure yesterday, it was evident that it was used for water - perhaps a now defunct fountain - but found out this morning that when the lock fills with water it is supposed to be a fountain - this is it as we set the lock - amazing (not)
 A rare picture of yours truly as I steer RnR into the first lock of the day at Newbury
 Approaching Ham Marsh Lock ...
 and descending with NB Sirius with whom we cruised again today
This pretty church appears to be in the middle of nowhere and I can't find out it's location - anyone know it?  It is directly north of lock 92.
We're currently moored at Woolhampton - we've had a great BBQ with Kathy and John from nb Sirius and a good natter too - boating stories, past history - all those interesting things about getting to know knew friends.  
I can't think of a better way to spend a beautiful sunny day!


  1. Hi Carol,
    Couldn't but help it notice you have a Camos dome on RNR. Is an automatic in-motion dome or the static version nd are you pleased with it?
    I've been looking at the Glomex which is slightly cheaper at £1265.99.
    nb Waiouru

  2. Looking at the maps I think the church must be at Midgham.

  3. St Matthews church Midgham,regards Allan & Sheila Reading

  4. It is an automatic in-motion dish 30cm in diameter. Camos do a 40cm one, but it is taller and there have been a couple of instances where our 30cm dome has only just cleared a low bridge! It works well when there are no trees or high buildings around, so you have to pick your mooring spot carefully, however it is environmentally sealed and maintenance free. Once locked on, you can press a button which puts it into 'sleep mode' and it will remain locked on even if the boat is disturbed. I believe that camos now do a 30cm dish with 2 LNBs, which will enable you to record one programme whilst watching another.
    In spite of all this, I think our next satellite dish will be a 54cm dish with 4 LNBs and automatic seek and lock on which will fold down flat when switched off. The 54cm dish will have a wider capture area and will also be useable for phone and internet communications should the mobile phone industry start to use satellite comms.
    Hope this has been of some use.

  5. Hi Carol,
    I'm putting together a piece for Canal Boat magazine about a day in the life of Canal Boat bloggers, focusing on the 28th September. Would it be possible to use some information from this piece? It would be great if you could email me on helena.lightbody[at] to discuss it further.