Friday 21 August 2015

Enjoying the beautiful Middle Thames

Thursday 20 August Burghfield Boat Club and the Cunning Man

Wednesday 19 August On to the River Kennet and Reading, then to Burghfield

Tuesday 18 August Wallingford to above Caversham Bridge, Reading

approaching Goring Lock

Liana and Alison at Goring Lock

what a river view!

Liana in peril at Beale Park

Company in Whitchurch Lock

Monday 17 August Sandford through Abingdon and Clifton to Wallingford
Alison with Annie at Sandford

Liana steering as Salters Steamer Goring passes

Horizontal tree

leaving Abingdon past old Wilts and Berks canal entrance


Liana polishing the brasses

Boathouse near Caversham, Reading

Sunday 16 August On to Wallingford

Chimney Meadows
We woke up to a cloudy scene, but took on water at Shifford Lock, then headed down river to Oxford, through countless sharp bends and willowy sedgy blind corners.

 Thank goodness we met the many canoeists and the breasted up pair of working narrow boats, Nuneaton and Brighton, on wider, straighter reaches of river!

Nuneaton and Brighton

 Had lunch below Eynesham Lock.
We took Annie up the Duke's Cut, very overgrown and cluttered with grotty boats around the lock, but failed to get milk, so back down Isis Lock onto the Thames.

Duke's Cut Lock - overgrown and approach blocked by old boats

approaching Osney Lock, avoiding a punt
Osney Lock was interesting, and a wait, but when we got further we found ourselves in the middle of Oxford Regatta! John steered close to the south bank but had to take avoiding action at times, as a multitude of rowers came past.
Oxford Regatta

Oxford Regatta

below Iffley Lock

Annie moored at the Kings Arms, Sandford

The river was so pretty that John slowed down, and we decided to stop above Sandford Lock at the Kings Arms, where Ali treated us to a lovely meal, a good end to a lovely day.

Sunday 16 August 2015

From Chimney Meadows to Lechlade and Inglesham, then back

Saturday 15 August at Lechlade, visiting Inglesham and back down river
Lechlade meadow mooring

Riverside Inn Lechlade

Roundhouse at Inglesham

Poleing off the shallows

The Thames and Severn canal, Roundhouse and bottom lock with WRGies working


Liana and Alison back at Chimney Meadows

Sunset at Chimney Meadows
We stayed at Chimney Meadows again, a lovely, quiet spot above Shifford Lock.

Sunday 9 August 2015

Sunday Aug 9 to Banbury via ITV

Liana's birthday! Lots of cards and presents saved from Liana's party last month have been opened at last! Thank you, all of you! After a leisurely breakfast, we set off from below Claydon locks towards Cropredy on this gloriously sunny day. Loads of boats were parked ready for the Fairport Convention Festival, but we weren't hurrying. John Sargeant, filming the next series of Barging Around Britain, said hallo to us all at Elkington lock, as we had 60th birthday stickers on the boat and Liana was wearing her 60 today badges! Who knows, we may be on the telly! Eventually reached Banbury and shopped in the big open market, then Liana chose a fabulous Pizza restaurant with stone oven and Italian chef - yum!
John Sargeant talking to Liana and Alison

Fuelling Annie at Cropredy Marina. Liana talked to the Moores from Moore2Life in front of Annie here

Liana's Birthday Cake and Champers - thanks, Ali!

Monday 10 Aug
Aynho Weir Lock off the River Cherqwell

We saw our old boat Osprey at Upper Heyford

Upper Heyford

Tuesday 11 August  to Thrupp
arriving at Thrupp

waiting for liana to open the lift bridge at Thrupp
 Wed 12 August
We awoke to the camera crew being briefed by their director, outside our boat, moored outside The Boat pub, where they had filmed inside last night. We chatted with the crew and the gentleman who had brought his Jag to be in the programme, which mentioned Morse and John Thaw.
Morse's Jag

John Sargeant Barging Around Britain

John Sargeant outside The Boat pub, which was in a Morse episode

Wed 12 aug

Thur 13 aug