Saturday 25th July – Day 47
We had intended to stay in Heyford today as rain had been forecast all day, however, there seemed to be a ‘window of opportunity’ this morning until noon. We (I) decided to move off and within 100 yards incurred Joy’s wrath as it started to spot with rain!
We passed nb Twisted Compromise and stopped to talk to Alex for a few minutes before passing all the other permanent moored boats here. Then it was down through ‘The Cleaves’, Dashwood`s & Northbrook Locks, shortly a familiar boat came into view, it was nb Bones so once more we stopped alongside for a chat with the eponymous Bones and had several years of news to catch up with!
A couple more boats away and there was nb Pootle, so naturally another stop to hear Adrian’s news too; will we ever reach our destination?
By this time the sun was out and my disgrace was lifted, past Kirtlington Quarry, Pigeon’s Lock and Caravan Lift Bridge, though sadly all traces of the caravan and bridge have now disappeared you could just see the wheels & axles in 2015 -It was a shepherd’s van actually, you can see a picture from 1976 on CanalPlanAc)
A little further and Jane’s Enchanted Tea Garden peeped through the trees, we really have to pass through when they are open one day! Past Enslow Marina and under the railway bridge and we found a mooring spot nearly opposite the closed down Rock of Gibraltar Pub, such a shame, we used to enjoy stopping there.
It was one o’clock when we tied up and the rain started immediately. My plan was justified! Not so good however for Jock & Katie with Dusty the Coalboat who came along and cheerfully topped us up with diesel in the rain.
We spent a quiet night managing to get TV and some sort of Internet/phone signal.
Sunday 26th July – Day 48
We were away soon after 9 am and passed Georges Bar (moored between the two bridges) negotiated the boats on the permanent moorings and down Baker’s Lock onto the River Cherwell.
I always enjoy swooping around the bends on this river section and soon were at Shipton Weir Lock, another of those odd diamond ones like the one at Aynho.
Down through Shipton and into Thrupp, Joy worked the electric lift bridge and we found most of the 48 hour moorings free so we tied up near The Boat Inn, ready to receive our Sainsburys delivery this evening.