Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cornishmen Afloat On The Kennet And Avon

1.99 miles, 1 hour 20 mins, 1,49 lock miles/hour

Yesterday Nb Petroc arrived at Pewsey. I wonder if Saint Petroc ever experienced an Epiphany! Well Nb Petroc’s crew now have, as they inspected our Epiphany! It was really good to see Gill and Geoff and Ellie!

John gave them lunch and then in the evening after drinks on Petroc we went to the Golden Swan at Wilcot for a meal.

It is to be recommended highly – very friendly proprietors, excellent homemade food and very reasonable price. Just moor at bridge 117 – Wilcot Bridge and walk south for about 100 yards! We didn’t see the one handed ghost though! We finished the evening with a nightcap at The Waterfront Bar. All in all a great evening – good company, Cornish reminiscences and good food can’t be beat!

Geoff and Gill left early this morning and this evening we followed in their wake! Although we have had rain today the evening turned out gorgeous – sunshine and warmth. We filled up with water at the Wharf and set off into the sunshine.

The trees are so green, there are lots of duck families and the canal was deserted! There are still lots of moored “long stayers” but wonder of wonders this boat has finally moved from All Cannings area to just before Wilcot!

As we went through the bridge a voice said, “how’s the boat going?” He was on this boat – note the intricate labour of love on the bow and below the gunnels.

“She’s a Bath Narrowboats boat isn’t she?” “Yes” we replied, “my sweatshirt is a dead give away!” I said, as I am wearing a BNB sweatshirt with the BNB logo on. I don’t think he could see that though. We think he knows Paul who is working P/T for Jon at the workshop in Sells Green – he lives on the cut and is working on a boat moored near here! Chinese whispers, grape vine whatever you want to call it is very alive on the cut!

We decided to moor at Wide Water, just before Lady’s Bridge (120). Here we are approaching Wide water this evening.

It is so peaceful and quiet here – a mini Tixall Wide! All we can hear is birds, we can see the birds in the trees, also fish, ducks, flies on the water and with the swan doors open we can watch the evening drawing in around us. Absolute bliss!

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