Braunston

Much colder today than yesterday. There was a cold wind blowing along tne Oxford summit. It was slow progress down the Napton flight. We were following a couple on a hire boat who insisted on using a rope in each lock. We told tnem it wasn’t necessary, but he said that it gives him ‘more

Fenny Compton

We have left Cropredy for the last time and are on our way up to Oakwood marina in Cheshire. This will be our mooring for the next couple of years. The day started off with Mark Paris coming to do our BSC test. All was ok except tne back plate on tne stove wasn’t fitting

Fenny Compton

Our guests arrived yesterday and we had a pleasant evening on board eating, drinking and nattering. The decision was made for another early start because of the forecast hot weather, and we we away by 6:20. Progress was slow as far as Napton junction as we were following two hire boats, but we lost them

Above King’s Lock

Another early start, we had showered and breakfasted and away by 7:30 under a cloudless sky. It has been very quiet boatwise. We passed four in the morning and then none again all day. It has been very hot, even the cows were standing in the canal to cool off.   Unusually there was some

Somerton

We set off today, but things didn’t go according to plan. I changed the oil filter on Friday and ran the  engine for a while after and checked that all was ok. Obviously I didnt check well enough! We had only gone a few hundred yards when an alarm buzzer went off and I noticed

Odd jobs 2

More odd jobs today. For some time I have noticed a slight problem with our fridge. Sometimes it keeps cutting in and out fairly quickly, i.e. every 10 seconds or so. I narrowed this down to low voltage. There can be 2-3 volts drop at the fridge compared to the battery voltage. So I decided

Odd jobs 1

We are due to set off on our summer trip on Sunday, but have come up today as there are a few jobs on board I want to do first. We unloaded all the stuff, bikes, washing machine, jerry cans, flowers for the  roof,  wine, 6 weeks of clothes etc and went back to Banbury

Home mooring

Up early and away in order to get back in time to drive home today. It has been cold and misty with hardly any boats about. We only passed three all day. Heddi got off at Broadmoor lock and walked along the towpath to the village to get the car, while I took the boat

Napton lock 11

Quite a hectic day today. We left home at about 7:00am. The plan was to drive to Cropredy marina,leave our car there and walk to Williamscot to catch the bus. It normally takes us about 1hr50min to drive to the marina. The bus timetable said 9:27 at Williamscot. So that should have given us about