This has been my home for the last four days - the narrowboat 'Epiphany'. The wonderful John and Fiona, who live on the canal, gave me my own epiphany - how to lose time and not miss it!
I had to learn how locks worked fairly quickly. This is the Caen Flight - 15 consecutive locks going up a rather long hill.
Just over two hours later we were at the top - what a view!
Even though life didn't rise above 3 miles an hour (with a few stops it took us 7 hours to go 14 miles on Monday) there was a different view at every turn.
Apparently I was somewhere in deepest Wiltshire, where this hidden canal world wends its slow way through long barrow country, past the chalk etched hills with Salisbury Plain just to the south.
We could have been anywhere.
I mostly sat at the bow of the narrow boat, with the engine chugging gently and the only disturbance from the odd heron or having to get off for another lovely meal.
As the shadows lengthened at the end of each day I understood completely why John and Fiona had decided to step off the world and opt for this - peace, perfect peace. Thank you.
John and Fiona have recorded their journey from the building of Epiphany to their life on the canal. You can find them here - Epiphany