Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Good Day And Great Evening

Gloomy and overcast this morning, which developed into mizzle and then the odd heavy shower. So we definitely made the right decision we think. John has re started his family tree research – it is on a website and he plans to have it on the revamped Epiphany website which is well under way now.

It is amazing how many relatives we have discovered through this and I have found some cousins I never knew I had over in Australia. They lived within striking distance of my Uncle who emigrated when I was 11 and his family and they did not know of each other existence either. We put them in touch and when my sister went over a few years ago there was a family reunion! Sadly my Uncle has since died. We also discovered that one of Craig’s friends at Uni was his third cousin! Small world.

The Kennet and Avon Canal is getting busier and Friday morning the Wharf was full, some boats moved off mid morning but by the afternoon other narrowboats had taken their place. "Clarrie" is one of our neighbours in the marina, we met Laurie last weekend.

I still marvel at the variety of styles and tastes, state of repair and age of narrowboats on the cut. The Wharf is a good place to see the variety as they moor up prior to descending the Caen locks.

We had a great evening at the Three Magpies at Sells Green – Sarah and Andy joined us just as Richard Clarke and John B from Sydney Wharf end of Bath Narrowboats arrived. The pub was busy as there was to be live music at half nine. We planned to eat and leave before. Our meals took quite a time to arrive and we were just finishing as the live music started. I am afraid it made us leave rather quickly as we were right by the speakers. Despite that it was a laugh and we really enjoyed the evening.

Sarah and Andy were invited down to the BN workshop to see the two boats in build on Saturday and then we suggested they might like to visit us on Epiphany. As we left the pub the rain began again and it rained on and off all night. Saturday was supposed to be sunny – we will see!

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