Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Cruising - At Last

0 locks, 2 swing bridges, 4 hours and 9.62 miles, 2.41 lm/hour

Hooray, time to be off out onto the cut after a few days in Cornwall to spend Christmas with John’s Mum. We have been looking forward to this cruise for sometime!

The morning we left for Cornwall the marina was iced over.

However the weather forecast looks fairly OK for the next few days, so here’s hoping we don’t get any severe weather. However if we do we now have some really warm hats from Canada to keep our heads warm! Ah the joys of the Internet and ordering on line. We ordered them on the Sunday before we left and they were here when we got back to the boat.

John set up his Christmas present before we left the marina – an electronic weather station. So now he can tell what the temperature, pressure, humidity is like both in and out of the boat!

We set off about 11.15 heading for Pewsey. It took us approximately 4 hours as we moored at 3.15.

On the way we encountered 2 boats on the move towards Devizes. We saw 4 Kingfishers that were extremely camera shy (can you spot the blue flash and the reflection in the photo! Bottom left), lots of coots and ducks and 2 swans at Wide Water.

One or two people were out walking their dogs on the towpath, we passed a few fishermen and there were plenty of moored boats, some on winter moorings.

Arriving at Pewsey Wharf there were two boats moored; One a familiar boat, Nb Summer who is usually moored on the moorings here and another “just visiting”. Dave from Summer invited us to moor alongside, as there did not seem to be any moorings further up. As we are both cruising towards Hungerford tomorrow it made sense.

So now we are snugly warm, 19 degrees in the saloon (so the weather station says!). The Christmas tree is lit; as are the fairy lights in the boat and after a meal we will cross the towpath for a drink in the Waterfront Bar, meeting up with some of the moorers here no doubt.

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