Since our last posting we have enjoyed a lovely weekend with friends down in Bristol having left Leo at Aynho Boatyard on the Oxford Canal South of Banbury. We returned on Monday evening with our friends Maurice and Carolyn who had been kind enough to give us a lift to Bristol and back. The weather over the Bank Holiday weekend was lovely so it was a shame to return to rain on Tuesday. However we ought to pick up the tale where we left off and explain that we moored in the centre of Banbury on Thursday evening. We had visited Banbury for a couple of days last year so it was good to return to somewhere we had been before.
|This chap is called 'Spaghetti Limbed Pete' and stands by the canal|
|This of course is the Fine Lady upon a White Horse|
|And here is the Banbury Cross which had been cleaned and painted since last year|
In the evening we had a good meal at Ye Olde Reindeer Inn which is probably the oldest building in Banbury being built in 1570. It has a splendid panelled room at the back called the Globe Room which lost its panelling in the early 20th century. The panelling turned up in a house in Islington in London and was put back in the pub in the 1960s.
|Globe Room in Ye Olde Reindeer Inn|
After our weekend in Bristol we set off around midday on Tuesday and came down Somerton Deep Lock, at 12 feet the deepest on the Oxford Canal.
|Clematis draping the bridge below Somerton Deep Lock|
|Fine floral show in Lower Heyford|
|Lorry backing over lift bridge at Lower Heyford|
|Indicator board - on yellow just below red|
|Shipton Weir Lock|
We had planned to spend this evening in Thrupp which is a lovely canalside hamlet, but unfortunately all the visitor moorings were taken so we came a mile or so beyond to Kidlington where we are moored and from where we are sending you this message.
|Cottages at Thrupp|