Friday, August 24, 2007

Wootton And Beyond

We finally set off from Pewsey at 11.20 precisely! It was a little cloudy, but the forecast was for warm sunny weather. The plan was to go up the Wootton River Locks (4 locks)

and then down the Crofton flight to the pumping station at lock 60. This will be “in steam” at the weekend and we would like to see it actually working.

The canal is surprisingly quiet with very few hire boats, in fact we only saw 2 today, one Anglo welsh and one Reading Marine. I wonder why – maybe people have cancelled because of the bad weather, maybe this week is one of the expensive weeks. Perhaps there will be more around after Saturday.

Anyway we went through all the locks on our own and only met boats coming towards us up the Crofton flight at two locks.

The sun certainly shone and at times it was hot. We are now moored at the bottom of lock 60 and it is what they call a balmy evening. A familiar mooring as we moored here on our way back from Kintbury in May.

Ahead of us, bow-to-bow is Tickly Too. Their home mooring is Lady’s Bridge and we have seen them before. I had a good chat with Rose as she has read our blog. Barry was watching cricket. They are very good friends of Mike and Liz on Snecklifter and saw a link to us on their website. I am sure we will see them again on our travels and Rose may pick John’s brains on mobile internet! Once again the cut proves to be a linear village with mutual links!

Did this Kitty have a night out on the tiles last night? Or overdosed on Whiskas?

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