Another lovely morning so we set off just before eight o’clock. You tend to think of the Thames as big river, but this far upstream it’s quite small and narrow in places and very winding and twisting. I knew that Rob, a business acquaintance, was on the river in his boat somewhere nearby. I got […]

Above Rushey Lock

We had arranged to meet our son-in-law’s parents Ann and Richard at Newbridge at 12:00. So to make sure we were there on time we set off just after seven. It was a very pleasant morning and ¬†good to reacquaint ourselves with the upper Thames. We haven’t been this way for over 10 years. At […]

Duke’s Lock

A day of delays frustrations. When I went to start the engine I could tell that the battery was low and didn’t seem to have been charging yesterday. Also the tacho and the other instruments weren’t working. It seemed likely that one or more wires were loose behind the instrument panel. They had taken it […]

Lower Heyford

It has been fairly windy over the last few days, and the forecast is for much stronger wind over the next few days. This is apparently the tail end of hurricane Bertha. Because of this we decided to leave early in the morning when the lighter winds would make getting out of the marina easier. […]

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

We have spent the last three days at the Cropredy Festival. This is organised by Fairport Convention and features mostly ¬†Folk and Folk-Rock type music. Highlights for us were: Joe Broughton’s Folk Ensemble The Churchfitters Benjamen Folke Thomas Blackbeard’s Tea Party Fairport’s closing set and of course the wonderful Richard Digence.  


At last, after over four months being re-painted we now have the boat back. There are still a few odds and ends that need tidying up, but at least we are on board. Just a short chug back to the marina where we’ll stay for the next few days.

Sneak preview

Bob called to say the boat would be ready today. So we drove up to Fenny Compton, but when we got there it still wasn’t quite ready! There were various odd little things that still needed to be done,but we agreed to go out for a few days and then return back to the boatyard. […]

Yet more waiting

We are now getting rather frustrated at how long the paint job is taking. Each time I ring Bob he has another reason (excuse) why it’s not finished yet. It is now about 2 and a half months and it could be another week before it’s ready. Obviously we dont want a ‘rush job’, but […]

Still waiting

We delivered the boat to Bob Mitchell at Fenny Compton on 24th March. He was due to start the paint job on 27th. We expected it to take about 3 weeks. But unfortunately the job for the boat in the dry dock before ours overran by 2-3 weeks. So now we dont expect ours to […]

Repaint date set!

We started the day at nine o’clock with a wonderful cooked breakfast before setting off to meet Bob at 11:30am. The repaint date has been set for March 27th and colours have been agreed, apparently we were the most organised cutomers he’d ever had! We left Bob and went for a walk round the extremely […]