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Cafe customer in a canoe

First canoe borne customer at Upper Lock Café.

A well-known Stroud poet and sculptor made navigation history at Wallbridge in Stroud on Saturday 2nd July. James Pentney tied up his canoe in Wallbridge Upper Lock and dropped in for lunch at the Upper Lock Café.

James Pentney Canoe(Photo by Andy Berry)

Good day for paddling

James commented, “It was a good day for paddling — between the showers! It was also good to enjoy a glass of Budding Ale in the delightful Upper Lock Café. I look forward to paddling even further someday soon.”

Poetic & Sculptural bond

James Pentney has a close poetic and sculptural bond with the Stroudwater and Thames & Severn Canals. His haiku verse carvings are a regular source of comment when walkers and cyclists call in at the Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre. Below is an example of James’ haiku work.

Haiku Dragonfly 500
The seventeen syllables in the three lines below are a novice’s attempt at the Japanese verse form:

‘The dragonfly piece
One of seven waterside
En route to Daneway’

Have you spotted James’ other six examples yet?

More canoes will be at Wallbridge later this month!
Watch this space for details