Our daily journeys seem to betting shorter and shorter these days. We left Hungerford at 9:30 after Doug paid a quick visit to Tesco in the High Street. We needed to get to Kintbury, only 3 miles away, to meet up with friends for lunch. On the way we did a bit of Geocaching – the location of the “cache” took us to Brunsden Lock (no 77) where we needed to deposit a trackable item which needed to be kept on the canal system.
After finding the “cache” it was back to the grindstone!
We also took our time and enjoyed the abundant wildlife – four Red Kite (all together) and a kingfisher. Sadly still no water voles but we’re still looking (can’t promise a photo!).
Luckily the rain kept away and after a couple of hours we arrived at Kintbury – and a very pleasant approach if ever there was one.
We moored up and had time to fill with water and clean down the boat before Janet and Gerald from nb ‘Toulouse’ arrived by car to see us. (‘Toulouse’ was our neighbouring showboat at the Crick Show last year and we travelled with Janet and Gerald for a while later on in the year).
James, Gerald and Janet enjoying a glass of champagne and a catch up chat on board ‘Chance’.
Using Janet and Gerald’s car we travelled the short distance along the A4 to the Halfway Inn. It has one of the nicest ambiences of any pub we’ve ever been in and the attention and food was excellent.
Doug, Gerald, James and Janet enjoying a wonderful lunch together.
Afterwards we all went back for a cup of tea on ‘Chance’ before Janet and Gerald returned home. The rain soon started to fall so we’ve battened down the hatches and enjoying a cosy night in.
Thought we’d show the last of the plaques outside the stonemason’s yard at Great Bedwyn. The mason / artiste in question obviously had a good biblical knowledge and a dry sense of humour: