Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Moving on down the Oxford canal

We got down Somerton deep lock and stopped by a large field. It is a well-known place to see Barn Owls in the evening. We watched two of them, as they were looking for rodents in the tall grass. The sporting events had us watching the Grand Prix at Silverstone in which Webber came first and Lewis eighth. Right after that there was the Tennis at Wimbledon. Our first British player, Murray, was in the final for many years. Sadly he lost to Federa. We were lucky to see the whole match because a rainstorm took away the satellite signal. The alternative terrestrial digital signal was quickly found and we saw the finish.
The next day Dusty the supply boat stopped to fill our diesel tank before we moved on. At least it was dry but the towpath was in a sorry state. Being muddy and overgrown. Many bridges are so low that we have now lowered our Bimini. Below Allen’s lock the river Cherwell is higher than the canal as it is well in flood. We stopped above Dashwood lock for the afternoon hoping to find some walks. But the fields were full of cows.
Is this an Orchid?
So we moved on again after breakfast next day to Kirtlington Quarry. Here we found Ian and Allison with their boat and butty together with Sonya on Zodiac.

We then walked up to the village to discover that we were a day late to see the Olympic Torch pass through.

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