Friday, 4 April 2014

Speeding to Oxford

Braunston turn, a beautiful day to turn onto the South Oxford canal, under these elegant  bridges made by Horseley iron works in 1828.
On our way to get Lewis to his finals in Oxford .
Happy times in Banbury as we met some old friends of ours, from our days on the Worcester and Birmingham canal in 1990.
The Moore family on board Narrow boat Regent.We spent a very  fun evening catching up in the pub, sampling Hildegard van Ostaden's Solange Beer from Belgium.
This is the next day still swapping stories! as we wait for a lock to empty.
Cropredy  lock cottage , moored below here for a couple of nights, this is where the famous folk festival is held, maybe one day we'll take part.
Somerton deep lock, these narrow locks seem to get narrower as you are going down,  it makes me feel a little nervous.

One of the many lift bridges on this canal. 
Jane looking concerned as we go down in the Aynho weir(d) lock, tricky for a 70"6' boat, with this oddly shaped lock .
Lewis entering the bottom lock at Napton, a flight  of 7 locks, where the lock gear had been covered in grease to help them run smoothly, which Jane ended up covered in. And below Lewis ready to run the London marathon in just a week! Please support him at .


  1. Lovely post Jane, and Good Luck to Lewis for the Marathon and his finals !
    CANNOT wait to see you really soon.
    Kate x

  2. Welcome to Thrupp! And many thanks for doing such a brilliant job with Penny and my treehouse support. Please stay and/or come back soon!