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We’ve Got a Date To Move Aboard!

Yes! We’ve got a date to move aboard!

Express Delivery

I’ve just got off the phone from the marina and everything is on track for the weekend of the 28th April. The boat will be taken out of the water late afternoon of Wednesday 25th, a series of mechanics & assorted tradespersons will swarm over it from roof to bilge, working their various kinds of magic and all being well, we should take delivery Monday 30th 🙂

Suddenly, it’s all very real.

A Canal Visit

We visited the Kennett and Avon canal yesterday.

Daste - B-O-A - canal towpath I image
Bradford-On-Avon

Firstly, we visited Bradford-On-Avon for breakfast at The Lock Inn Cafe and then to gongoozle at the lock. Two narrowboats passed through together – A hire boat paired with a 70ft Traditional with a Lister HR2 engine (a god amongst engines). The thoughts that we will have to manage this in three week’s time were sobering. However, I’m sure a tot of rum will help with that (only joking, it will probably be two 😉 ).

 

Date - Great Bedwyn image
Great Bedwyn Wharf

Secondly, we visited Great Bedwyn and its canal wharf. It’s mooring of barges & narrowboats, bridges and a lock in the warmth & sunshine of a snatch of Spring, re-enforced  why we’re doing this thing. We were inspired to visit there by pouring over Jim Batty‘s excellent book; Narrowboat Life – Discover Life Afloat on the Inland Waterways from Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd. If you are contemplating a life on the ocean wave canal, or just curious there’s no better resource. It gives a real insight.

 

Just think, with that date – it’s only a few weeks time and we’ll be walking those towpaths for real!

 

Date - Great Bedwyn - mu image

 

rp – peace and narrowboats

Keeping the Dream Alive

How do you keep the dream alive?

So there has been this time; it’s called Christmas and New Year. Both mu and I love it and had a wonderful time but it has meant that we have had to wait as inevitably, work on our narrowboat will have slowed due to the holiday period. We were also busy with planning and deciding upon what presents to get and what food to purchase etc. and so, whilst the narrowboat has had to take a bit of a back seat in the flotilla of Christmas proceedings, we have still found ways of keeping the dream alive. By this I mean keeping the momentum needed hit the ground running (hit the canal floating) going.

Youtubed!

Youtube is the tool of choice for seeing; what people have done, how they’ve done it, what they wouldn’t do next time and why they did it the way they did from narrowboat-tinged Youtubers. Their countdown to Christmas broadcasts and Christmas Specials have kept us entertained, especially

Country House Gent
Cruising The Cut
London Boat Girl
Journey with Jonno
The Narrowboat Experience
This Narrowboat Adventure
Narrowboat Helen

We can dream of Christmas afloat!

There is also a wealth of British Waterways’ film archive uploaded e.g. by Beulah25. This provides a brilliant insight into the past and how the waterways used to be used, it’s just you have to watch it up scaled from some ultra-low definition format obscured in blur and artifact. It does give it an added nostalgia and it is free, so you can’t complain really.

Walking the Line

The other way we’ve kept involved is by visiting the local canals and walking various towpaths

Tithe Barn Christmas image
Tithe Barn Christmas

The Kennet & Avon Canal provides limitless possibilities to experience some of Britain’s finest countryside. We’ve walked at Bradford-On-Avon, both towards Trowbridge and towards the Tithe Barn where you can dream of the past & Avoncliffe Aqueduct.

 

 

Bradford-On-Avon
Bradford-On-Avon

We’ve often stopped off at The Lock Inn as it would have been rude not to. They serve simply excellent food 😉

 

 

 

The Sale image
The Sale

The Floating Christmas Market at Bradford-On-Avon was an excellent event where we got to combine a study of narrowboats with Christmas present shopping – definitely recommend it – going again next year.

 

The Somersetshire Coal Canal, a short arm off the Kennet & Avon is a great starting point for walking across the Dundas Aqueduct towards Winsley and Bradford-On-Avon or to taking the other direction towards Millbrook and Claverton

Devizes Wharf with its small canal life museum and proximity to Caen Hill Locks is another great location for boat-watching (it’s not gongoozling, we’re buying a narrowboat) and canal appreciation.

Snap!

I’ve taken a number of photographs whilst out and about, trying to capture the feel of the canal as it exists today, for me, currently as a non-boater. I’m interested to see how they will change as we move onto the canals and become part of it.

Along the Cut image
Along the Cut

 

 

 

 

 

rp – peace and narrowboating