It was asking for trouble. I'd set off to take a look at the Salisbury Avon near its source, but in order to do so I had to walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal, past all sorts of potential blip material vying for my attention. Inevitably, I would take some pictures along the way. The first serious blip contender was this Dutch Barge, Iron Lady, built in 1899. It isn't often you see a barge with a rudder, though the owner told me that it had now been shawn off just below the water level. The iron frame is original, and it made it over here many years ago under its own steam; it's still seaworthy now.
I found the Salisbury Avon a little further on, below Plain's Bridge on Holly Bush Lane, at a point where it is little more than a babbling brook.
It was on my way back that I found this gentleman sitting on the towpath, beside his boat, the J.A. Cook from Stoke Bruerne, listening to Radio Four and in the process of painting a "Player's Please" insignia onto a bowl. This is the second time in three days, that I've asked a stranger if I could take their picture, and also the second time ever. I've turned a corner! "What's it for?", he replied, then laughing. "Nothing sinister", I said, clicking the shutter.