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Walking along the Kennet & Avon canal, I met the friendly Mr and Mrs Bird, owners of Uccello. Apparently they had first wanted to retire to Italy but decided to travel on the canals of the UK and named their boat, Uccello – Italian for bird.
Whilst Mrs Bird enjoyed a book on the towpath, husband was painting up the foredeck or whatever the bit of boat was called. They were stuck as the Crofton Engine Steam pump and modern electric back-up were being thwarted in their attempt to fill the top pound because of a leak and none of the boats could use the locks.
So running out of food, they found the postal code for the Crofton Pumping Station from the Royal Mail website. They ordered provisions from Tesco.com with the warning that they were to be delivered to the narrow boat across the canal. Important – make sure your mobile phone is working so that you can be alerted that the delivery is on the way and you can stand by the gate. Easy and yes, Every little helps!