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Jan 26, 2020 - Happy Australia Day

Our Australia Day was just a tad cooler than we would have liked!!!! Tony barbequed in the light drizzle much to the delight of passers by!! Julie and Nick (and their son, Matt) brought the steaks I sort of made the pav (just filled a purchased base!) but it was delicious all the same. Tony had fun blowing up balloons and tying up the flags in the breeze. We had 6 friends here from other boats to help us celebrate. It was a great afternoon, evening, with lots of laughs. Hope you all had a great day too.

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Jan 23, 2020 - Wide water 51.344419 -1.8139542

A couple of the bridges we went through today. I don't usually think about taking photos as we're too concerned about making sure we fit through ok. But we've been through these bridges a couple of times now and we know we can get through as long as we take it slowly and carefully. We left Pewsey and are moored between there and Honeystreet at Wide Water. It's very peaceful. Every now and then we come across places where there used to be a swing bridge - they've taken away the bridge in some cases but we still have to negotiate the narrow...

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Jan 20, 2020 - Iced In

We woke up to an iced canal this morning, it was a bit chilly to say the least. A boat went munching through around 10.30am and broke it up and then the sun came out and melted it. It's been an absolutely beautiful day. There was still some ice hanging around in the shadows as we moved along. We are tied up near a small village called Wilcot, near Pewsey. We walked into Pewsey this afternoon just to see if by any chance there is somewhere to moor up. That's a big NO of course....

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Jan 18, 2020 - A bit of a walk

A frosty morning and the frost still hasn't melted away by 2pm in places. We walked back in the direction of Devizes to get to the store at All Cannings - yesterday when we came past the moorings there was no room and today there is room for 2 boats!!!! Murphy's Law!! We tried to take a short cut on our return but after going across this field the next paddock had been inhabited by cows and was so boggy from their sloshing around in the mud that it was almost impossible to walk on - thank goodness for wellies! This lovely clump of...

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Jan 17, 2020 - Back to Honeystreet

We made our way back to Honeystreet today between rain showers and wind. Of course it stopped both raining and blowing by the time we moored up!!! We followed this beautiful Kingfisher for quite a way, his lovely blue flashing along the canal. This narrow boat is as full on the inside as it is on the outside - don't know how they even move about in it! This is the view of the white horse from our mooring. We'll stay here a few days until we get fed up of the dreadful sloppy jalopi towpath!!!!

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Jan 14, 2020 - What is it?

walking along the tow path today we spotted these black balls. Most had holes in them which looked like they had been pecked. I brought a couple back and opened them up - one had a small creature similar to a centipede, but whether it is something that came from the pod or just something that found shelter there I don't know. So if any one out there has any ideas we would be interested to hear them. We've had some pretty nasty gusty winds and rain over the last few days, will be glad when that's over....

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Jan 10, 2020 - Still no snow!

Anther lovely day today - these are a few of the pics I took on our wander along the sloshy tow path. Very muddy in some places, just as well we had wellies on. There was mountains of snow forcast for this week but it hasn't eventuated, it's been very mild. Maybe when it eventually does snow it will be "horrendous"! Haha.

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Jan 9, 2020 - Rowdy Rooks

We're back at the Bridge Inn, with Bishops Cannings on the left of the canal and Horton on the right. Today was bright sunshine for the morning and then it turned miserable and rained around 2pm. We managed to go for a walk before it started to rain, and it was quite warm. These rooks are right above our boat and are quite noisy first thing in the morning. The daffodils are already starting to come through, won't be long before they're flowering!! This is the thatch we looked at last November when we were here, and this is it today. So...

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Jan 6, 2020 - Dull and dreary

Our walk around the village pond with a wander through the grave yard of St.James' church. The churches are only open at certain times and we seem to miss it when we are out and about. Yesterday was our 46th Wedding Anniversary and we had a lovely day with a very nice dinner with our friends Nick and Julie from the boat in front of us. Nick has been helping Tony to get the new battery system operating correctly. It's now raining so we were lucky to get our grocery shopping done this morning before it started. We have supplied up ready to...

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Jan 1, 2020 - Addendum to previous entry

We got a glimpse of the castle on our walk today. Some very old buildings in an almost secret laneway. The old railway tunnel has, very cleverly, been converted into a shooting range. The railway station was closed in 1966. This is the Sexton's cottage in the St. John's Churchyard. there are 4 churches within cooee of each other in this town, St. John's, St. Andrew's, St. Mary's and St. James's. ...

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Jan 1, 2020 - Happy New Year

A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. We had a quiet night and in bed by 11pm. There wasn't much happening around us, no car horns blaring at midnight, we heard some fireworks but couldn't be bothered to get out of bed to see if we could see them. We're thinking about all affected by the catastrophic fires and hope you all stay safe. Our niece has been deployed today with the CFA to the Mallacoota fires. She is a member of the Ferntree Gully CFA. Wish we could send you some of the rain we're having here. Quite a sober start to the year.

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Dec 30, 2019 - Devizes Museum

Another beautiful sunny day today. They're predicting a Heat Wave for New Year's day!!!!! 16 degrees or so. If we're lucky. We walked around to the musuem this afternoon and spent well over an hour drinking in all the history of the area. What with crop circles and stone circles it's been a very busy county. There is a castle here but it is privately owned and the public is not allowed to visit. Now we've sneaked over to the water point just on dusk so hopefully no one will be coming along to take our spot - it's very precious - all...

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