No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Easy Boating

Saturday/Sunday 18/19th Sept 2010
Cropredy to Fenny Compton
6.5 Miles 8 Locks.

Moored at Cropredy, early on Saturday morning

Saturday.  We left Cropredy quite early and were soon at the first Lock, we were lucky with all the Locks today as they were all empty, so, as we were going up hill it was just a matter of opening the bottom gates, it really makes for quick progress.
The next 5 locks were close together and we were soon through them and on the summit level of the Southern Oxford Canal, the summit level (Highest section of the Canal) goes on for 11 miles and is very twisty as it follows the contours of the landscape. We had planned to stop at Fenny Compton and found a mooring space about 50 yards from the bridge.

Jayne decided to lavish a bit of attention on our flower boxes which were looking at bit tatty so she gave them a trim and then a good water.

Jayne Lavishes attention on our flower boxes with muddy Canal water.

I had a good spring Autumn clean inside the boat and a quick check around the Engine.

Sunday.  The reason we had planned to moor at Fenny Compton was that there was a pub by the Canal, the Wharf Inn, our friends Pete and Val were coming for a visit on Sunday bringing post and Jayne's Presciption so in was a good excuse to eat in the pub. The Wharf Inn has new Landlord and he is really trying hard to serve boaters needs, he has a well stocked shop inside the pub and a small Laundrette which boaters can use. The food was very good, the Chef also serves the food and explained to every table how he had cooked and seasoned each of the vegetables, a total cooking enthusiast.

After lunch Pete and Val left to drive home and we just crashed out all afternoon watching a James Bond film.

A pretty quite weekend, however things got a bit more exciting on Monday when I go for Swimming with a Sheep, but you will have to read the next blog for that. 

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