Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Still Here with A New Laptop

I have neglected our blog as John has been transferring everything from my laptop to a "new" (to me) laptop that is faster and a bit newer. The keyboard mouse/touch pad works properly, so I no longer have to use an optical mouse. My emails are now on Google Thunderbird, so I have a new system to get used to. I am beginning to get the hang of it.

So we had a brief view on the K & A and the Caen Hill flight on David Dimbleby's "How we built Britain" programme on Sunday. I took this ubiquitous photo at Easter this year.

We brought "Epiphany" (on the right below) up the flight on her Maiden Voyage. We shared the locks with "Salix Alpha", then owned by James and Fiona. She is also a Bath Narrowboats/owner fit out. It was a very cold, frosty day in November.

The large barge seen going through the locks on the programme was "Unity" a replica of one built years ago. "Unity" is seen below after passing under Prison Bridge in Devizes just as "Epiphany" (in the distance) and "Salix Alpha" prepare to go under the bridge and into Lock 47 - Manifold Lock.

There is a model of the original "Unity" in the Kennet & Avon Trust Museum on Devizes Wharf. Adrian Softley and his wife, Nikki are understandably very proud of their boat "Unity".

We heard that David D was offered a new yellow hard hat at Crofton but refused as he wanted one that had been worn already - cosmetic effect for the cameras?

What a shame that Saul Festival has been cancelled. We did think about going by car but are glad we decided not to. I think we have got away very lightly in this area. On Monday the roads were awash and the drains struggled. However there didn't seem to be any real problems.

We are trying to decide if we will take Epiphany out this weekend or not. We shall keep an eye on Metcheck and then decide.

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