April 09 https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/ April 09 Seven Deadly Sins One of the row of 7 elegant late Victorian houses on the approach to Pangbourne. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369087 31369087 Seven Deadly Sins I could only manage to get 5 of them in shot at any one time! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369088 31369088 Alpacas! No we are not still in the wildlife park! There were hundreds of these animals at a farm alongside the Thames. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369089 31369089 Cormorant I can't resist these lovely birds. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369090 31369090 Cormorant This one was preening. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369091 31369091 Cruisers. We shared the River Thames with many kinds of craft but there were a lot of these! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369092 31369092 Wrong river? This Egyptian Goose must have got his Nile and his Thames mixed up! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369093 31369093 Mapledurham House A 16th century house with an amazing history. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369094 31369094 Huge weir! Now which way do we go! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369097 31369097 Weir and Lock Looking back you can just make out the tiny lock on the right of the huge weir! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369095 31369095 Mistletoe I spotted this ball of mistletoe high in a tree near Mapledurham. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369096 31369096 Grand design? One of the stunning houses on the side of the river in Purley. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31369098 31369098 Wide reaches We will really miss the wide reaches of the beautiful Thames that so inspired Kenneth Grahame. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31370203 31370203 Dave Working the electric bridge https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31639195 31639195 Ali On Lock Duty https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31639196 31639196 Dan Father to be, guarding the boat! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31639200 31639200 Dan Practicing Pushing! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31639204 31639204 Paul At the helm - can't see his face but he's a Jensen Button lookalike! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31641061 31641061 3 of the guys Paul has gone down for another beer! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31639205 31639205 Paul Shut the door Dave! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31640681 31640681 Negotiating the lock Paul doing a great job of steering https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31640682 31640682 Towney Lock Looks Innocuous.... https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31641302 31641302 Towney Lock But isn't! - this has a fierce sluice as the water cascades from the front gate https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31640683 31640683 Paul Well at least you can see his face in this one! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31884525 31884525 Lockside pill box We have seen lots of these relics of WWII along the K & A https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31884520 31884520 Swan convention! All this lot were crowding round the bank shouting Feed Me, Feed Me, to the passers by! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31884523 31884523 Old crane Another relic of days gone by when the crane would have been used to transfer goods from the boats. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31884521 31884521 Town bridge This lovely bridge carries Newbury's main street over the waterway. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31884524 31884524 Division of the waters River on the left whilst the lock taking the navigable canal is on the right. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31884522 31884522 Lovely mooring Visitor moorings at West Mills. The cottages on left were once a 17th century weaving factory. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=31884519 31884519 Spring ducklings This was what greeted us on Tuesday morning! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117004 32117004 Form a circle! She kept losing the chicks over the weir then coming back later with even more! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117005 32117005 Hokey Cokey! You put your right leg in, your right leg out........... https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117007 32117007 Mallard mutation We keep seeing Mallard variants - this is a very smart one, but note the brown head - it should be irridescent green! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117006 32117006 Leaving Newbury The canal is on the left, where we were moored, the river on the right, where the duck kept bringing her babies back from! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117001 32117001 Another pill box We have passed quite a lot of these today - they are all along the Kennet and Avon. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117002 32117002 Yellow Wagtail We often see these sweet little birds - for some reason they stay around locks!! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117003 32117003 Bribery and corruption! Clive trying to entice the squatter of the boat with bread! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32117000 32117000 Barefaced cheek! This female duck was trying to persuade us to invite her on board I think! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32116999 32116999 Off again! Having carried their canoe from the other side of the lock these two canoeists are off again! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626150 32626150 Kintbury house Yet another gorgeous house alongside the canal. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626157 32626157 Helping granny! Vicki and Indy "assisting " with the lock. See the ingenious use of the umbrella in the background! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626153 32626153 Hungerford mooring This is a lovely spot in the heart of Hungerford. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626154 32626154 Another mutant! Yet another Mallard variant - a female this time. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626151 32626151 Feeding the swan Indy had a lovely time feeding the ducks and swans here in Hungerford. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626156 32626156 Young swan As you can see this young swan still hasn't lost all his cygnet feathers. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626155 32626155 Sheer concentration! Indy was completely captivated watching My Neighbour Totoru! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626152 32626152 Watching with Daddy! This is the second time she watched it, this time with Daddy. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626158 32626158 And again! This is the third time she watched it and as you can see she is still enthralled! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626199 32626199 With Auntie Vicki Vicki with her favourite niece!!! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626200 32626200 Still enthralled! She watched it right up to the last minute before they left to go home! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32626201 32626201 Leaving Hungerford Saying goodbye to Hungerford - it was a lovely mooring right in the centre of town. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232928 33232928 Bridge and Lock A lock with a swing bridge in the middle of it! The bridge has to be opened first before the boat can enter the lock. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232926 33232926 Little Bedwyn We didn't stop at this pretty little village but I took this photo from the high bridge which crossed the railway. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232929 33232929 Little Bedwyn Lock Lady Arwen in the lock. Again taken from the railway footbridge. Canal and railtracks side by side. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232930 33232930 Gt Bedwyn Our mooring in the lovely village of Great Bedwyn. It was lovely apart from the proximity to the railway! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232927 33232927 Little Egret We spotted this pure white bird flying past as we were in Great Bedwyn. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232931 33232931 Treelined canal This stretch of the K and A was very pretty and peaceful - no railway! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232932 33232932 Primroses There are lots of primroses growing alongside the canals, they are little rays of sunshine. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232933 33232933 Bluebells We just spotted these bluebells growing at the side of the canal, the first we have seen this Spring. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232935 33232935 Strange craft! We really have seen some weird looking craft along the waterways - this looks like something from Star Wars! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232934 33232934 Marlborough Downs These chalky downs flanked the canal on our way towards Devizes. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232936 33232936 Roe Deer Buck We were delighted to spot this solitary buck on the towpath up ahead. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232937 33232937 Roe Deer Buck He soon turned tail when he saw Lady Arwen approaching! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232938 33232938 White Horse The Alton Barnes White Horse was cut into the hillside in 1812. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33232959 33232959 Green Submarine? Well as I said we see many strange craft on the canal - this one is really weird! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33644006 33644006 Moorhen Couple Clive spotted this Moorhen on her nest being fed by her mate. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33644005 33644005 Mel and Martin We were astounded to meet someone we knew at the top of the Caen Hill Flight! Martin is a fellow folkie from The Red Lion. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33742833 33742833 Special Delivery Martin giving Clive our own personal copy of The Unicorn, delivered personally by hand! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33742836 33742836 View from the top This is the amazing view we had from the top of the Caen Hill Flight. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33742832 33742832 The Towpath Its a long slog up this towpath - fortunately I was coming down it! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33742835 33742835 Looking back! Wow - what an achievement! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=33742834 33742834 Crossing Dundas Aqueduct Lady Arwen making her stately progress across one of John Rennie's beautifully designed aqueducts. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34152291 34152291 Limpley Stoke Valley This photo was taken from the Dundas Aqueduct. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34152293 34152293 Bathhampton Our mooring right next to The George in Bathhampton. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34152290 34152290 The George This ancient inn is reputedly haunted by the ghost of the loser of the last legal duel in England! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34152292 34152292 Sydney Gardens Tunnel As we emerged from this tunnel we said farewell to Bath. https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34818688 34818688 A catch! We passed this angler just as he hooked something on his line. It turned out to be an eel! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34818692 34818692 Slippery Little Sucker! Not a fish but an eel! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34822814 34822814 Moorhen and chick This was our first sighting of a Moorhen chick this Spring! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34818695 34818695 Brave Heron We were extremely surprised to see this heron calmly standing there when somebody was so close to it! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34822815 34822815 Another brave heron! This bird was standing right in front of our boat and allowed Clive to photograph him! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34818698 34818698 Water Vole At last we have seen a Water Vole! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34818697 34818697 Water Vole At least we got a photo of him. We saw a Short Tailed Vole on the same stretch of water but didn't get a shot! https://www.morrisfolk.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34818700 34818700