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Jul 28, 2020 - Karma!!!

Well, the boat load of drunken, foul mouthed speeding tourists who annoyed everyone at the weekend, sank the boat by opening the weed hatch for some reason. So we've all been cheering!!! Just desserts !! We moved on a short distance this morning dodging the holiday boaters, and stopped at the first spot with rings we came to. You can be lucky sometimes. We walked into the village of Claverton - not much there except very large mansions, we wandered around the Church yard and then wandered back to the boat. We've lost count of how many...

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Jul 26, 2020 - Nightmare!!

We had quite a lot of rain yesterday and the holiday boats were coming thick and fast. We moved off the mooring rings, filled up with water and then went about half a mile where there is a nice spot to stop but no rings so we had to put pins in. The boats were going past us so fast that Tony had to keep going out and knocking them in. He asked one boat (a day hire boat with about 10 people partying on it) to slow down as they went past one way and then on the return trip they were going even faster so he asked them again to slow - he...

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Jul 24, 2020 - Back in Bathampton

Back in Bathampton the home of plasticene - who'd have thought!! This is the site of the old Mill and the water wheel still turns. Now this is a doozy - a short section of road bridge over the river Avon, about 200 metres is owned by a private company who charge £1 for every vehicle that travels across it. While we were there they would have collected about £50 and that was only 10 minutes. The locals who cross it more than once a day can purchase a monthly pass which works out cheaper than paying each time they cross. This is the end...

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Jul 22, 2020 - Retracing our route

Back up the locks on Sunday Which was a very busy day with lots of holiday narrow boats competing for the canal and the locks along with all the gongoozelers gawking and getting in the way!! Yesterday we went for a walk up onto the hillside above where we were moored and got some lovely views of Bath, then we spotted this little church and cemetery in the valley. They only trim the grass twice a year and we happened to catch them at it!! And they had only cleared a small amount so a lot of the grounds are virtually impassable. However...

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Jul 18, 2020 - Back in Bath

This is the mooring we managed to find downstream. One of the cruisers moved on the next day and then the other went - we passed them moored up under a bridge upstream the next day! The day we spent on that mooring turned out to be very busy and noisy - paddle boarders having lessons were using the pontoon to rest on and a group of young teenage boys decided to spend most of the day swimming and jumping off the bridge behind us, making a racket. Once they got bored with that they decided to throw things onto the boat and were beginning to...

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Jul 14, 2020 - Down Stream

We spotted this young Wagtail the other night. Very fluffy. We set off downstream yesterday going through 4 locks, only to find there are no public mooring spots for miles. We were very lucky to find an empty space on the pontoon we are on now, and while Tony was chatting to the other (long term) residents of the other end of the pontoon he found out that just by chance this monstrosity which passed us a short distance upstream from here had just departed from this spot. According to a boater we were speaking to at one of the locks, these...

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Jul 11, 2020 - Bristol

We caught the bus into Bristol today. Had a great day wandering around the harbour. They've painted hearts on the grass in the park to encourage social distancing. The girls on this ocean going canoe/kayak are apparently going to cross the Atlantic Ocean in it in December!!! Mr. Plimsoll invented the plimsoll line and saved many a ship from sinking. Very clever man. Most of the photos speak for themselves. We had originally intended to cruise down to Bristol harbour and stay a couple of days. However, apart from the charges, they...

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Jul 9, 2020 - The River Avon 51.3781732, -2.3627150

We went through the 2 tunnels this morning and proceeded to make our way to the tap at the top lock. We encountered a narrow boat tied up under the bridge at the small boat yard and had to wait for them to move on. then they tied up at the water point right in the middle so we had to ask them to move back so we could fit in the mooring spot too. The holiday boats are out in force and we had some entertainment watching half a dozen or so of them working around each other going in and out of the locks. Some of them have never been on a...

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Jul 7, 2020 - The Roman Baths

We made it to the Roman Baths today - 13 years yesterday (6thJuly 2007) since we were last here. Much better today as they only allowed a certain amount of people in at a time so no pushing and shoving and there weren't many children. We were able to wander around at our leisure and enjoy it all. The staff managed it very well and had no problems with anyone doing the wrong thing. This was down a laneway - the pub called the hideaway. Very appropriate. This little shop was just opposite the Hideaway Bath's oldest house (c.1483), home...

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Jul 5, 2020 - A walk around Bath

We wandered into Bath and came upon the Abbey - not that you can miss it, It's rather large and stands out from everywhere you look. We only had a short visit though, as it was just about to close up for the day when we arrived. But it was well worth the quick look around. The buildings are still standing solidly even though most were built in the 1700's. Tall and regal looking. The Circus is a historic street of large townhouses in the city forming a circle with three entrances. Designed by the prominent architect John Wood, the Elder,...

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Jul 3, 2020 - Bath

We're at the first mooring strip as you approach Bath - there was plenty of room so we decided to pull up here for a couple of days whilst we get some provisions at the closest supermarket, Morrisons, which is still quite a walk. Once we go through the locks (7 of them) in a couple of days, there is a Sainsbury's fairly close by. Whilst we were moored at Bathampton we wandered through the graves and spotted this notice on the church wall -The first Governor of New South Wales - Arthur Philip's grave is actually inside the church, so of...

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May 5, 2019 - Tour of Bath

This morning we hopped on a train to Bath and found that everyone and their Mother was going to Bath to see a semi-finals Rugby match. They certainly like their Rugby over here! Someone told us later that they expected over 20,000 people in to see the match and I swear they were all on the our train!! Once there, we caught a Hop-on, Hop-off bus and make a circuit around half the city. We got off at Bath Abbey which is an Anglican parish church and former Benedictine monastery. Founded in the 7th century, it was reorganized in the 10th...

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