Monday, 17 September 2012

Well we've got to Banbury.

On our way down to Cropredy, just above Elkingtons Lock, we passed Eileen at her moorings. Another ex B.C.N. day boat.

Owned by Nick Holt and the subject of  "Eileen Inlanding", yet another boaters blog.
Cropredy must be one of the most picture perfect villages anywhere,

St. Mary the Virgin, the 14thC. parish church is the centre of the village, flanked by the thatched cottages and pub

in Red Lion Street. Guess what the pub's called, the clue is in the street name. There are some wonderful street names, Creampot Lane and my favourite, Roundbottom, are just a couple.
Through Cropredy and on towards Banbury we went through Bourton Lock

with the old lock cottage still sadly derelict and the lockside garden

completely overgrown. As there is no road access and no mains services I can't see it ever being lived in again.

Now here's something you don't see everyday going up the Oxford, it's a rowing eight crewed by students who are rowing from Oxford to Cambridge, well it takes all sorts.
As we arrived at Banbury we ran into Owen, an old friend, on his boat Guilt Free Indulgence, you can take that literally as we collided as we both tried to get through the same gap at the same time, it was his fault of course, I got there first!!!
Out and about in Banbury tomorrow.

Watch this space....................

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