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The Three Magpies

Why a trip to The Three Magpies?

Several reason for the trip to The Three Magpies: Since I moved the boat to our mooring here at Foxhangers near Devizes, (Read about that trip here) the boat has hardly moved, other than across to the pump out. Since we bought the boat, Karen has done very little…

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Newbury to Devizes - Part 4 - The Caen Hill Flight

View from the bottom of the Caen Hill Flight!

The title of this post is probably a bit incorrect, as we had already past the actual town of Devizes, but the Foxhangers moorings at the bottom of the Caen Hill Flight is still technically in Devizes.

The team

My friends Wyn and Donna continue…

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Newbury to Devizes - Part 3

This part of the journey from Newbury to Devizes takes us from Pewsey, along about 10 miles of canal with no locks, but many narrow and overgrown sections, till we reach Devizes and start the descent of Caen Hill. We did the first three locks going down and moored up at the Black Horse pub – a brea…

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Newbury to Devizes - Part 2

On the Kennet and Avon

Kintbury to Pewsey

Part 2 of the trip from Newbury to Devizes took us from Kintbury to Pewsey with an overnight stop at Great Bedwyn.

The stats for this bit:

18 miles

27 locks, with a total rise of 196 ft 10 ins

1 swing bridge.

We also negotiated the Bruc…

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Newbury to Devizes – Part 1

Newbury Bridge

We are so lucky my trusty friends and crew Wyn and Donna were willing and able to help me with the last stage of the trip down to Devizes.

And of course, I am so disappointed Karen wasn’t able to be part of it.

I did manage to keep her updated with pics of what was happening…

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Reading to Newbury

The next stage of the trip, Reading to Newbury, also went pretty well much according to plan! Such a shame Karen was busy on a care job, so couldn’t be with me. Fortunately, a lovely couple, Donna and Wyn, who we met during our boating travels in France, were both keen and able to assist.

Where …

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“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” … as the Water Rat said to the Mole in “Wind in the Willows”. And how right he was! I hope I can share the pleasures of boating by recording the trips myself and my wife Karen have taken on the journey to actually buying our boat, and now on our very own Dutch Steel Motor Cruiser, Shangri-La 2.

This blog is an online journal of my various boating activities that have happened over the last few years, from the numerous boating holidays we have taken, some interesting work related events and the journey to buying our own boat

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The Three Magpies

Why a trip to The Three Magpies? Several reason for the trip to The Three Magpies: Since I moved the boat to our mooring here at Foxhangers near Devizes, (Read about that trip here) the boat has hardly moved, other than across to the pump out. Since we bought the... read more

Newbury to Devizes – Part 4 – The Caen Hill Flight

View from the bottom of the Caen Hill Flight! The title of this post is probably a bit incorrect, as we had already past the actual town of Devizes, but the Foxhangers moorings at the bottom of the Caen Hill Flight is still technically in Devizes. The team My friends... read more

Newbury to Devizes – Part 3

This part of the journey from Newbury to Devizes takes us from Pewsey, along about 10 miles of canal with no locks, but many narrow and overgrown sections, till we reach Devizes and start the descent of Caen Hill. We did the first three locks going down and moored up... read more

Newbury to Devizes – Part 2

On the Kennet and Avon Kintbury to Pewsey Part 2 of the trip from Newbury to Devizes took us from Kintbury to Pewsey with an overnight stop at Great Bedwyn. The stats for this bit: 18 miles 27 locks, with a total rise of 196 ft 10 ins 1 swing bridge. We also... read more

Newbury to Devizes – Part 1

Newbury Bridge We are so lucky my trusty friends and crew Wyn and Donna were willing and able to help me with the last stage of the trip down to Devizes. And of course, I am so disappointed Karen wasn’t able to be part of it. I did manage to keep her updated with pics... read more

Reading to Newbury

The next stage of the trip, Reading to Newbury, also went pretty well much according to plan! Such a shame Karen was busy on a care job, so couldn’t be with me. Fortunately, a lovely couple, Donna and Wyn, who we met during our boating travels in France, were both... read more

Windsor to Reading

I love it when a plan comes together, and the trip from Windsor to Reading went pretty much to plan! Shirley Anne in Windsor The planning app I used said it would take 14 hours – we took 13.75 hours. The other part of the plan was for Karen to hire a car, collect me... read more

It’s all in the planning!

Like most things – It’s all in the planning! Since my last post we have done the deed and Shirley Anne (soon to be Shangri La) is ours. Karen collected the keys last week. And now we are planning how to get her from Windsor on the Thames to near Devizes on the Kennet... read more

Life on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Lock on the Kennet and Avon It’s been 2 months since I last posted, and a lot has happened in my life on the Kennet and Avon Canal – both from a job perspective, and with our boat buying journey. I have settled into the job of supervising the turn around procedure of... read more

Another boating chapter begins!

I last posted in May 2020 and just before that in March 2020, where I mentioned our plans to relocate to the UK. Well, ‘you know what’ pretty well scuppered all that! But suddenly, things are looking up! We eventually arrived here in the UK in November 2020. My wife... read more

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My love of boats goes back to my early years when I went on holiday with my parents to Knysna in the Cape. We stayed at a hotel on stilts, and I played in rowing boats and little motor boats on the lagoon.

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