Thursday, 1 October 2015

On the South Oxford Canal

Thur 1 Oct Northwards through Aynho

Set off in the mist from above Somerton Deep Lock near the lift bridges, passing NB Conqueror, we enjoyed yet another sunny morning travelling north through Aynho Wharf. We passed Mortimer Bones, complete with face mask, working on NB Bones. No doubt we shall read about this in CanalBoat, soon.

Mortimer Bones saying Hi

Our old share boat NB Osprey was moored there, so John patted an old friend as we went past. The canal was quite busy both ways, but we didn't have to wait too much, enjoying the usual friendly chats.
Reaching Banbury, we moored below the lock as we were fourth in a queue, and found our favourite pizza restaurant for lunch. Food shopping followed, then Liana bought herself a duffle coat, complete with furry hood, for the winter. The car was ok, so off we went again, towards Cropredy and Claydon.

Wed 30 Sept from Thrupp to Somerton    A Berry beautiful day!

The Ladies Liana helped near Thrupp
Sunny but autumnal, we photographed the rose hips, thorn haws, elderberries and sloes decorating the   hedges. We shared locks with several boats, including the diamond shaped lock below the River, with a cheerful inexperienced group of ladies having fun on a day boat. One slightly disgruntled angler commented that the cut was like a motorway, today! It was busy, but most old were determined to have fun!

Tue 29 Sept Sandford to Thrupp
Liana at Port Meadow on the Thames at Oxford

Liana at Dukes Cut Lock
A gorgeous day saw us up, passing through Oxford and across beautiful Port Meadow to Duke's Cut. Negotiating the liveaboards there, we found ourselves back on the narrow canals again ......
Annie moored at Thrupp
Thrupp beckoned, and we moored outside the Boat pub again, enjoying wine in the sun.

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