4 days later, Adagio is re-launched back into the marina. The hull has been scraped, scrubbed and pressure-washed and then several coats of bitumen applied – many thanks to Alex Roker (07595027310) for his hard work and very approachable manner. Here’s 2 pix of the stern (with that Axiom propeller) and the bow (with a view through the bowthruster):
Lots of mussels and detritus to be cleaned off … back on Thursday for the re-launch.
Me and my neighbour, Beryl, look on as the boat is whisked up the ramp!
Beryl leaves her boat New Era this week for a new life (at 84!) on dry land. She only started living on board at 80. A keen lass indeed and we’ll miss her.
Her boat is on sale via Devizes marina:
It’s the late May Bank Holiday and we’re onboard, ostensibly to drive the boat over to the yard for re-blacking on Monday. Chance to sample the delights of The Vaults beer & cider festival (twice!), check out the George & Dragon in Rowde (awfully nice). And also try at just living on board without driving the boat anywhere.
On Sunday we walked along the canal from Seend to Gile’s wood – nice stretch with plenty of boats and a fishing competition.
Toby got to have a swim & we saw a swan family, complete with wee cygnets.
The boat gets its hull re-blacked tomorrow – hopefully I’ll get to video it being trailered out of the marina!
Short clip of the boat near Pewsey and the white horse on the hill.
A section of the canal had a storm of flowers cascading down from the trees, giving a surreal passage through the sunlight. Beautiful.
Stopping at the quirky Barge Inn, Honeystreet…
..where the new owners were very busy on this warm Bank Holiday weekend. They had trouble getting the beer pumped through and we ended up with 3 samples of their beer . . hmm, nice! (1810, Croppie and London Pride)
But it all goes very quiet after sundown on the canal
Here’s Adagio moored very handily for the pub
There are some lovely boats (and some not so lovely!) – this one’s called Chasing Ducks
Passing Lady’s Bridge (1793 Lady Susannah Wroughton) attributed to Rennie
And then into a small lagoon called Wide Water, with some unusually-decorated boats.. and the usual patient heron
Plenty of wildlife … ducks with their young chicks . . always keen to pick up your breadcrumbs. Viv even bought a cheap loaf just for them.
Lots of blossom out
And a weird experience of sailing through a storm of tree pollen/flowers? (See video).
Viv enjoyed driving and is getting more confident
A very calm trip. No roads, no trains … oh, a few planes did interrupt the journey:
But it was serene! And good weather.
Wootton Rivers – awfully nice village, mainly adorned with thatched cottages – even the Royal Oak:
I popped round to see David & to collect his photos on a USB stick:
The K & A canal gets quite narrow and shallow on this stretch
And quite busy as we follow, oddly enough the wide beam boat that was moored alongside Adagio in Pooles wharf in Bristol. They were having a hard time moving that beastie along
Plenty of wildlife
and a relaxing pipe
Our final destination was Honeystreet
a very scenic stretch of canal
It’s Tuesday and we’ve planned a day trip. My good friend and Chew Valley Beer Festival beer-choosing companion, Dave Thomas is coming over for a Day Trip. We plan to do a gentle chug eastwards to Honeystreet & back.
Dave at the helm
And Dave on the beer . .
Interesting place, this Barge Inn (look it up http://www.the-barge-inn.com/index.php ) – it’s got new owners (one week!) and it looks set to be a lovely pub (again).
A piccie Dave took – looks like I’m SO confident I can drive the boat with my eyes shut
Ah, yes my 6 hour job of removing wooden battens and silicon sealant and then the broken glass – this is the before picture:
and here’s the after:
It was only a round trip of 14 miles but took us 6 hours chugging (plus one for liquid lunch). Slow going as it was shallow and we followed the odd Muppet trying to drive their wide boat anywhere but up the canal.
Now Adagio is in her temporary, permanent berth until mid September when we move up to Yelvertoft. She’s next to a lovely boat, owned by Beryl who is approaching 80 (from the wrong direction!) and only took to living on a boat 3 years ago. Unfortunately, she’s retiring from the boat world and visiting her son in Australia (yes, she is a keen and sprightly lady) – her boat will be for sale soon (ask at the marina) – lovely boat!
Well, that’s my 3 and a half day visit ended, lots of jobs done. Had a weird experience with the battery bank – seemed to have been drained … voltage was only 11.8 V … must have put the gas central heating into electric mode or sommit … but is was cold this morning – frost on top of the boat! There’s always something to do on a boat … off to Whitstabubble for Easter.
(Beryl’s boat to the right of Adagio)
Yes, another lovely day here in Devizes Marina. I must have spent 6 hours getting the cratch glass (broken) out … up to Roman Glass and a new one made on the spot (£37) – still a sense of achievement! Here’s those pix from yesterday.
It Is a lovely marina – quiet and very friendly.
Adagio – all hooked up with mains electricity
just down the canal from the marina – tranquil
lots of wildlife – two ducks & their new chicks. There’s also a swan’s nest nearby.
Ah! One of the reasons for choosing our marina – walking distance to this lovely micro pub!
Hmm, a few friends and family thought that “polishing me mushrooms” was some kind of nautical euphemism …no, I really have been applying phosphoric acid, grinding grit etc and now have some very, very shiny mushrooms: