Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Heading south

Yes, Oakapple is heading south down the Oxford canal. After being home for a few days we find we have to return again in a couple of weeks. Since it is about four years since we went down the Oxford canal it seemed a good plan to fill in the time revisiting the stretch down to Banbury.
After settling up with Brinklow Marina we left about 11.00 AM yesterday in glorious sunshine. It was a perfect day and we were soon through Hilmorton locks, finding a very quiet spot to moor just past bridge 87.  There are very few places that you cannot hear either a road or a railway, but this ticked all the boxes. The only sounds were the sheep in the field opposite.
This morning dawned clear and warm again, the only disturbance was the working boat 'Ling' passing, the distinctive sound of a Bollinder engine echoing across the fields. Entering Braunston we passed Ling stopped for water and after mooring up she passed us heading for the locks, followed by two other working boats, 'Apple' and 'Perch'. Three together is a rare sight and we made the most of the moment.
After a stroll round the village and a visit to the shop we found ourselves in 'The Boathouse' taking advantage of the Tuesday offer of two steaks and a bottle of wine for £20  Bargain!!!!

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