Saturday, 6 May 2017

Crofton, Kennet and Avon Canal

 A sad sight at Cobblers Lock outside Hungerford.  A dead lock cottage.

As we were working up Hungerford Lock I saw a head swimming across the canal towards the towpath, it was a tiny muncjak deer, it climbed out of the canal and trotted right up to the lock, right by me before it saw me and ran back down the towpath.  Of course, David did not believe me, until we were working the top lock and it ran up past him too and into the field by the school.

We were hoping to moor up at Great Bedwyn but, unfortunately, the visitor moorings were full.  This has been the first time we have not been able to find room on a VM.  So we went on to Crofton where there was a lot of room.  But within half an hour they had all been taken up with hire boats.

Still, I like Crofton, there is always an excuse for a cup of tea and a cake in the Beam Engine cafe.

One of the stranger boats on the K&A, and that is going some.
While we were locking up the Froxfield locks a lady came running up to the boat and wanted to buy a birthday card.  She actually bought 6 in the end.  What a treat for me.  I had not been able to get out the cards to sell on this trip so far.  But I did get them out at Crofton, next to a boat selling brassware.  Didn't sell any more cards though.

This one has a birdcage topper which was matted in black onto a blue card base.  Some black ribbon was wrapped around the right hand corner and a bow added to the top of the topper.

The sentiment was printed by computer and fixed to a black, matted panel with sticky fixers and a black feather inserted into it.

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