Wednesday, 24 June 2015


A morning chat will our breasted up partners on NB Lady Kia resulted in an agreement to share the locks to Newbury.  Last night we didn’t introduce ourselves but that was rectified this morning.

mo & Gerry

Mo and Gerry made very enjoyable cruising companions.  They are stopping in Newbury but plan to continue to Bristol.  We may see them on our return journey.

The first lock of the day was Monkey Marsh.  It’s one of two turf sided locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal.  Filling them takes considerably more water than a usual lock so they are on river sections where there is more available water.  Being larger also means they take longer to fill.

monkey marsh lockWe passed two boats going in the opposite direction just before Ham Lock.  I recognised the first as NB Maisibert and scrambled to take a photo.  Unfortunately I subsequently discovered it was out of focus.

The last lock of the day was Greenham Lock.  I think this is a very picturesque setting and always enjoy it.

greenham lock

Unlike last time we were this way; there were plenty of vacant moorings in Newbury and we have moored adjacent to Victoria Park.  The afternoon was spent visiting Sainsbury’s and Aldi before I carried on working with MediaElch whilst Jan stowed all the food.

The cupboards aren’t full so further shopping will be done tomorrow.

I must also thank Tim for his email advising red diesel is available from Hilperton Wharf at 69ppl. That saved be having to carry another 150 litres back to the boat this morning.

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