We had a lazy morning exploring Hungerford and then watching Mrs Thatchers funeral before heading off just after midday. As the locks have to be left empty progressing up them is much easier and quicker than coming down. We passed Hungerford Church just before the swing bridge.
Moving on passed Hungerford common land the wind picked up and soon we saw the large sprawling house in which Jonny Morris used to live.
I was asked why I did not put more pictures of Phoenix on the blog so here she is waiting patiently at a lock for Doug to walk her on to the next. Hopefully when she is a qualified Guide Dog she will be with an owner who likes long walks.
At the Foxfield Locks work is almost complete on the installation of new Byewash weirs and the contractors are just doing the finishing off and tidying up work. I must say they have some impressive machinery these days and have built a roadway down to locks so that they can use it. What a far cry from the old days of shear legs and manual labour.
It now looks like spring has sprung and the daffodils primroses are blooming on the banks.
At Little Bedwyn Locks the railway comes so close it is almost in the canal and as we locked up two trains sped past at a great rate of knots.
We eventually reached Great Bedwyn and had to move a couple of boats on the Visitor Moorings to make room for our two boats as there were large gaps between them. The one had broken down with nobody on board and the other was a broad beam hire boat who were quite happy for us to move them.
The Blackbirds were singing and the wind dropped so we settled down to tea and home made cake on the bank.
I then noticed a sign which showed that Nb. No Problem had over wintered some time ago at the exact spot we had chosen to moored.