Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fairport, Cropredy

Our friends Terry n Myra came to visit us on board and we all walked the canal and through the village. All still very busy and full of people. One food outlet was serving up Buffalo burgers and ice-cream from the farm at Napton. The two pubs were serving food from their gardens, no tables inside.

Narrowboats were mored 'nose to tail' for miles either side of the village. Broadmore lock had been under repair with the navigation closed for a morning. Not sure what CRT had achieved because we saw that the failed paddle had not been fixed! Consequently the queue of boats took a while to get through either way.

Radio Oxford broadcast the music from Cropredy during Saturday evening so we were able to get a flavour of the convention from the outside.

Meanwhile Great Britain were doing very well at the Rio Olympics having gained 10 gold, 13 silver and 7 bronze by Saturday. Apparently more expected later.

On Sunday we drove down to Banbury early to meet our friends once again. After a walk round Spiceball park we had a drink and parted company. On our way back the traffic was 'nose to tail' between Cropredy and Banbury leaving the show site. It is all quiet now as the village gets back to normal. Many boaters are also leaving and getting diesel from the marina.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fairport, Cropredy

We had a walk round to the shop. Just so much happening on the first day.
 The campsite is in the field on the other side of the river Cherwell
The shop is well stocked up for the event
Many of the villagers were providing food and drink during the day

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Never mind the depth, feel the width!

I have traveled down the Oxford canal from Cropredy to Banbury and back during July and August.  Due to many boats moored I was obliged to get too close to the offside vegetation as a moving boat came towards me.

Unfortunately a hard branch conspired to scratch the boats paintwork. There seems to be too much vegetation that desperately needs cutting back.  Not only causing damage to boat paint but blocking the view at corners and bridges.
What ever happened to the 'Veg Pledge' previously made by British Waterways and now presumably  the Navigation Charity 'Canal And River Trust'. 

Monday, August 01, 2016

Visitors at Banbury

 Rosie and Jim now have a place on board.
 Then John and Jean stopped for a chat.  And we admired each others 'new' boats!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

In Banbury

So we got to Banbury went for a walk round the park with Molly and set about altering things inside and outside the boat.  There will always be something to do to make things easy on a boat!
 Next to the park
Stick on registration numbers make the boat 'legal'. C&RT insisted because like cars they will soon not send out the disk to stick in the window.

Ann later spotted 'Rock n Roll' here at Banbury.

Got Instagram on the ipad.  Cannot quite get my head round how to publish a picture!  Will have to ask my grandson!  It is another way to keep in touch with family.  Facebook is the other!

When our TV fails to display a picture we can now watch the TV on that ipad using our 4GEE dongle.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Back to the boat for a trip out

We got away from home down south and headed north on the A34.  It took a bit longer due a 15 minute stand still among the cars and lorries.  The time parked there seemed much longer due to not knowing the cause and not moving.  Eventually we passed, single file, the police and road repair site.  Another delay to our journey was caused when the road to Cropredy was closed off the M40!  'Tom Tom' recalculated the route and we eventually arrived later than usual.
Stopped at the "Bridge Store' for a few provisions.
Moore to Life was woken up on arrival at the marina.  We unpacked the car and put the kettle on for a refreshing cuppa.  We were too tired to consider moving out that day and resolved to get away the next day.

We moved out as planned and headed south.  Another problem was that Slat Mill lock was to be closed for inspection so we needed to get past that.  The moorings through Cropredy were already occupied by boats ready for the 'music festival' due in August!  It was almost single file due to the considerable over growth.  What ever happened to the 'Veg Pledge'?

Then we just had to stop because NB Derwent 6  was spotted ahead.  Del and Al came on board for a drink and chat.  Then it started to rain!  Must get going with wet gear on to pass that lock.  But first a quick snack!
The canal trust were already making preparations at the lock and  told us that no less than two paddles were to be repaired!  On at each end.  If another had failed then the navigation would have been closed!

Got all the way to Banbury as the rain cleared and we walked round Spiceball park.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Music in Hythe

Went down to the village to listen in the sunshine.
 New Forest  Meddlers Morris Dancers
And the Hythe Ukulele Group