Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The boats are looking at their best again having been freshly painted and brass polished.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Braunston is once again packed with boats and we have moved out going south just past the Puddle Banks. On our way out we saw a crane in the marina pulling an old boat out of the water. “It cracked on the way out.” The boat was called Lucy and had occupied space with another just outside Braunston. Both were old wooden working boats in serious decay. The other boat had been taken away for restoration.
Ann’s brother Pete and his wife Deanna arrived to see us on the boat. We took them down to Flecknoe Farm and had our Sunday roast. But before lunch we were obliged to move on past a few more boats because a swarm of bees came a bit close. The day is the longest of the year starting off more like October with dull grey skies but by the afternoon it was hot n sunny. Our guests went off with Ann for a walk while I volunteered to wash up. “Yes I do know how.” When they came back we returned to Braunston and said good bye to our guests.
We were lucky to find a space by the turn having passed many spaces for half boats! Next day we placed an order with Tesco for more food to be delivered at Willoughby. Off we went in glorious sunshine to the turn at Tarry’s bridge 74 and back, like going somewhere but getting nowhere.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
We are heading north now over the summit stopping by that mast near Griffins Bridge. Next day the sun shine helped to make for a leisurely cruise across and down the Napton flight. Almost every pound had two boats coming up, it was so busy. It was still only one boat at a time in each lock so ‘taking’ a lock from boats coming down did not save them any time. The back pumps must have been working hard because despite the amount of traffic there was plenty of water to get those boats up while we came down.
We stopped for a while before Nimrod Bridge and our friends Terry and Myra came to visit by car having seen Mike and Jo on Sarah Kate at Banbury. Mo and Vanessa on Balmaha were there as well and they are all heading this way.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
To Banbury Cross.......
The Hobby Horses are gathering round that cross and the flowers are blooming around them.
That fine lady on her white horse is looking on wondering what is going on. Perhaps she remembers that it happens every year.
Prince Albert can see the horses but Queen Victoria cannot. They must all make sure that the hobby horses don’t run away across the road.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Knowing that the next day was going to be wet we got back to Kings Sutton in sunshine. Then the rains did come with a vengeance. How miserable it is to have a whole day and night of rain, especially after so much sunshine. Our radiators were on to take away the morning chill and later the fire was lit to dry off the washing. Have to confess to eating our Sunday roast on lap trays while watching the F1 racing. After the race the sun came out as the cloud moved away and we went off for a walk with molly along the towpath. Down past Kings Sutton lock and a few lift bridges and back was good going on the overgrown path. Molly enjoyed running up and down the path and swimming in the canal.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
There never was a bus from Cropredy to Banbury so we had to take the boat back there. Only once we had seen a bus come over the bridge by the shop. We had asked in the shop where the bus stop was but they failed to say that the bus no longer comes into the village now!