Sunday, August 11, 2013

Walking The Plank!

We went on our pub crawl around Hungerford last night - it was pretty quiet really.  We didn't find any pubs playing music either, never mind it was good to go out and have a few.

While walking the dogs this morning Elaine commented that she thought that Hungerford was a bit similar to some of the Aussie country towns that are full of antique shops ... then we spotted a chap sitting on a bench sporting a full mullet ... it really was country Australia!

Our plan for today was to stay in Hungerford and find a pub for a Sunday roast then we would move on to try and get a satellite signal as we wanted to watch Southcliffe tonight.  Pretty ironic really as we were in Hungerford (Southcliffe is about a chap who goes walking around his village blasting people with his shotgun).

Geoffrey was very comfy in his bed when we went out ...


These young chaps were playing soldiers in a field by the canal ...


We walked up to the Hungerford visitor moorings which were empty ...


The boys met some little friends ...


We went into the Sun Inn and had the most fantastic Sunday roast.  Elaine, being an ovo lacto pescatarian, had grilled fish but with all the roast trimmings.

This was the Sun Inn a few years ago ...


And today ...


We walked back to the boat via the town centre, they have painted the main railway bridge in the old Great Western Railway colours.



We left our mooring late afternoon in the search of a mooring in the sticks to get a good satellite signal.

This poor old lock cottage was in a very sorry state, but structurally it looked OK ...


We shared the locks with a family going to Great Bedwyn ...


The boys were resting in between locks ...


We passed Rock n Roll - George and Carol have let her go a bit!


It was yet another lovely summer's day.


More lovely lock settings - but there are a mighty lot of locks on this canal...and very few moorings, so on we went ...


We finally pulled up close to Great Bedwyn.  All the moorings in the village were full so we tied up amongst the reeds.  I read Maffi's blog the other day about a boater tying his boat to a tree...what a great idea, it's so simple ... no risk of smashing your your fingers bashing the pins in!


For the first time since we have been living aboard we deployed the plank, the boys had no problems with it.
 
First things first, set up the dish ... magic 90%
I left Elaine on the boat and took the dogs for a walk to Great Bedwyn ...


It was a stunning evening ...


Yet another fantastic little village ...


We will have a good look around tomorrow, we may even stay here for the day.


This Rover was parked in the street, I think it is a 8hp 1920s model, it all looked pretty original ...

OK nearly time for Southcliffe!

6 comments:

  1. Is it not illegal to tie a rope across a tow path - anyone walking could Garotte themselves - unless you put some ribbon, bells, cans along the rope lol

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    1. I used the flashing xmas tree lights to illuminate it!

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  2. Oh, I don’t think so, the lifebelt looks ‘as new!’ George (RnR)

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  3. Don't forget to pop up to the bakery in the village, Lardy Cake to die for !!

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