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!
It was a case of backing up through one lock rather than going forward through 3 and back. Passersby looked on and wondered what was going on. We turned at the water point by backing in with Ann pulling the bow round and then we were off back to Banbury.
We knew that there was a tax office there to sort out some misunderstandings. All clear now. It has come as a shock to realise that we are now all paying 20% tax on our earnings, 20% on our savings interest and 15% on what we spend ! We can have ‘free’ bus rides and ‘free’ medicals but what a cost. “Not really free are they”.
15% of our boat licence goes direct to the government so BW only get 85% of it. Why can’t they have all of it directly. It could make a difference to the upkeep of the canals. If only we could claim allowances for improvements to our boat.....
“Boy is it hot”. Got the white sheets hanging out of the windows to reduce the radiation and a fan to give us a breeze.