Above Marsh Lock

A trip to Tesco to stock up then back up to Sonning to drop of the Downs family. Unfortunately it rained most of the way! The rain had stopped when we had got there. Lunch of sausage and mash was readily consumed then it was time for them to go. After they left we went […]

Henley on Thames

After breakfast we took two very excited girls for a ride, chugging slowly down river. They were most keen to feed the ducks and geese. We had said earlier that they shouldn’t feed them bread, but ¬†grain instead. They had brought a large bag of wild bird food for the purpose. Unfortunately the birds hadn’t […]


An early start as we needed to find a suitable place to meet Nik, Paul, Izzie & Roxie. As we came through Reading there was a new pedestrian bridge being built. It is a suspended design, and they are building out across the river in sections. As we came down through Sonning bridge we could […]

Still in Oxford

A day of culture today. First we cycled to the Oxford Botanic garden. This is great, we really enjoyed it. The herbaceous flowers ¬†were at their best – really impressive.   We stayed here all morning and ate our lunch (just a sandwich from Boots!) in the grounds. Back on the bikes to go back […]


3 miles and 3 locks boating 6 miles cycling 3 miles walking We set off for the short trip to moor just above Dukes lock. We have moored there before and it’s convenient to go out onto the Thames via Duke’s cut. But when we got there all the available visitors space was taken. So […]


A long day. We hadn’t intended to get this far (20 miles & 12 locks) today, but the weather was good so we carried on intending to stop at Thrupp, but there were no free moorings. So it was about 6:00 before we stopped. The day didn’t start too good. We had only been going […]

Just south of Banbury

Yesterday we drove to Monks Risborough to celebrate our son in law Paul’s birthday. A trip to Tesco.com this morning to top up with provisions for the London trip. I completed the engine service, changing the oil and filters. Rather than stay in the marina we decided to move out into Cropredy village and moored […]

Near Bridge 193

The sun was shining so we made our usual early morning start. Walker Services at Aynho Wharf had diesel on at a very reasonable 78p/l and we needed just over 100 litres. A fairly uneventful and quiet day. We winded just before Pigeons Lock and then back up to near bridge 193. It was a […]

Off at last

I cant believe it, six months since the boat last moved! Over the winter we have visited several times, but not gone anywhere (except across the marina for a pumpout!). On the way up to Cropredy we stopped off at Sudeley Castle for a ‘Home & Gardens’ show. We had a cheap Groupon ticket. The […]