Three good friends of mine have moored up at Devizes Wharf in their boat, "Hampshire Rose," and this afternoon we met for a walk along the towpath to the top of the Caen Hill flight of locks. Anne and Gerald own a lively little dog called "Holly," who takes every opportunity possible to chase a ball and leap into the canal. She is only really happy when the ball is thrown into the middle of the canal, if it is too close to the bank, she will not jump in!
"Hampshire Rose" is a 62ft long narrow boat, and is seen above moored, towpath side at the Wharf, with the Devizes Theatre standing in the background. Holly has the ball in her jaws, and is waiting for the walk to start.
Gerald, Holly and Anne stand in the lounge of their boat. They live aboard the boat all year, travelling around the English canal system in the summer months, and this year mooring for the winter in the Devizes "Caen Hill" marina. The marina opened last year, and offers excellent facilities for boaters who wish to stay over the winter months.