Anne-Marie & Pierre visit

It looked like rain but then the sun came out and everything cheered up as our old friends from Petersfield came over to see us and to take the boat out to town …

Old hands at handling a boat from our last trip on the Oxford canal … a few years ago

Plenty of wildlife – we saw a Kingfisher yesterday and again today – real close too! Here’s the ever present Heron

We took the boat to town, moored up and walked over to the best pub in Devizes – The Vaults, where the amazing Miranda (sorry, Michelle) was ready to serve us beer & pies . .

 and who had the pie??

Well, Pierre had some too

It was a great day guys – thanks for coming over – come and see us up in Yelvertoft.

 

Penny & Jenny Visit from Cardiff

It looked a bit on the Autumnal side early this morning but the sun came out and it was time to polish those mushrooms and iron the red carpet because the Cardiff Girls were on their way! Spot on 1 o’ clock they arrived – brilliant!  The dog was waiting … .

The flag was out and the tea was brewing, it only seems like yesterday when we were all together in Trefin.  Such good friends (they brought beer!)

We had a nice lunch in the Hourglass pub next door, then a good walk in a loop along the canal.

Somebody went in for a swim … . no, not Jenny …

Thanks for a great afternoon – we enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you up in Yelvertoft (only 2.5 hours away!) – anytime.

Motto?

Looking to find some motto . .

Es un viaje, no un destino   ?

Destinatum iter est non

Think I prefer the Spanish!

The Family visit

Well, we picked probably the hottest weekend of the year for a family gathering on Adagio.  It was Dad’s 80th birthday and we celebrated with a cruise up to Honeystreet and back. We visited the Hourglass pub next-door for a meal as well as the Golden Swan in Wilcot plus, of course, the Vaults in town for a pie n a pint!

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Flags out for the State Visit!

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The Birthday Boy opens his dozens of cards and presents!

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The brothers get to meet and talk “boats”

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Chris gets to steer . .

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Sharon enjoying the cruise

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Adagio approaching the Barge Inn, Honeystreet  . .

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Mum & Dad enjoying the midday pint.

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More beer? Yes a rendezvous in the Vaults on Saturday.

Great weekend afloat with Rachel, Bob & Rhys

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Viv’s workmate, Rachel came along on Saturday for a short sail down to Devizes Wharf and back – stopping for an ice-cream. Daddy, Bob and young son, Rhys came too.  It was very hot but it cooled down as we sailed down the K&A canal. They got on well with our dog, Toby.  Who didn’t seem so keen to leap off the boat. All a bit strange for young Rhys but I think he enjoyed it (well apart from the horn sounding!).  The ice-creams were most welcome – thanks Rachel!

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Well, it was a hot day – 28 inside the boat!

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Playing “I-Spy on the water”

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Guests queuing up

Well, it’s now July and we’ve had the odd weekend on board – just to get away from the house. Done some chores … Viv’s painted the roof boxes, I’ve done some rust painting and have now installed the wireless remote thermostat programmer for the boiler.  We have new neighbours, Chris & Louise on Nog – a nice boat. A lot of friends, work colleagues and family all due to visit with us over the next 2 months  … Rachel, Bob & Rhys this weekend, then it’s the big 80th do for my Dad on the 24th. Then we’ve Jenny & Penny and Anne-Marie & Pierre coming over in August … all go.

September 12th will see us on board and getting ready for the big trip, off on the 13th to Yelvertoft.  Goodbye to Devizes – which has been a smashing marina and a great town to visit.

Day trip to Devizes

Just a quick 24 hr trip to the boat – weather looked good – in fact Sunday it went Scorchio! Got the satellite dish working OK. Walked down to the Vaults pub on Saturday – always interesting beers. A short chug down to town on Sunday (30 mins each way) plus a tricky wind (3-point turn!).  The canal seemed very oily – there was a lot of rain on Saturday …

 

Early Thursday morning, Adagio is re-launched and actually floats (well, I was worried – but they have done this before!)

Adagio Re-launched – nice bottom!

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):

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Re-blacking

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:

http://www.devizesmarina.co.uk/propertyDetails.php?pid=464169