My last entry was Devizes on Friday 13th (good job I am not superstitious). Emma arrived that evening, together with Parga of course. We had planned a 9am departure for the 29 locks and had arranged to go in company with Richard and crew on Andante. They had extra crew coming as did we. Geoff and Gill Smith had called to say they were free this weekend so the timing was great. They arrived in good time and Geoff parked their car at the bottom of the middle 16 and cycled back up to meet us. We had an excellent trip down in good company and managed to complete the 29 in just under 4 hours. The setting is lovely and there were quite a few sightseers waiting for us to do something wrong. Apart from my entry into the first lock being a tad too fast we had no mishaps, but going into the middle 16 most of the time side by side required quite a lot of concentration, and even then I am sure we added to the scratches on the side (it's a contact sport" I hear Geoff cry!!)
Once at the bottom we carried on to Sells Green to moor. We had been very lucky with the weather and the sun was still shining. Gill S and Emma hitched a ride with some of Andante's crew to collect their cars. After lunch on board we had a lazy afternoon and had supper at the nearby Three Magpies pub...good food at a reasonable price. I took Parga for a longish walk along the canal to tire him out. Although he had walked the locks he had been on the lead most of the way to conform with the regulations so he was somewhat frustrated. Inevitably he found somewhere to get into the canal and had his swim. He seems to be very partial to being rubbed down afterwards! Gill & Geoff departed after supper. All in all it had been a very pleasant day.
Sunday morning Geoff & I went to church in Seend. It was about a 15 min walk uphill. We had the time of 1015 in the Boaters Christian Fellowship hand-out but it turned out to be 1115. So we bought the papers and went the long way round back to the boat to give Parga a good walk and then borrowed Emma's car for the trip up the hill again. It was a good service with a fair size congregation with an excellent organist. The lady rector turned out to be from Cornwall, what a small world...
On the Tuesday we set off for Bathampton. It was only a few miles and an extremely pretty run but oh so slow!! It is almost a continuous line of boats between Bradford and Bathampton. We met very few moving boats and one wonders where all the people are who own all these boats. Some are on no limit spots and some on permanent moorings, but some of those on 48hour mooring did not look as if they went anywhere very often. There were some nice looking boats and some extremely tatty ones.