Monday, 20 May 2013

The Pig Farm

Another grey day so the morning was spent doing a few chores, hand washing for Sue and the hoovering for me. We eventually pulled the pins at lunchtime and started our cruise although still overcast it is very mild.

Soon we are passing under the M40 motorway again for the third time this trip, my  Pearson Canal Companion  likens the M40 as a kick in the groin to the exquisite Oxfordshire countryside, agreed but a necessary evil.

We stop at The Pig Place. where we buy pork belly,chops and sausages.They also sell coal,gas, wood, canal ware and groceries to passing boaters.They cook  pork and apple burger's on site as well so we  had one for our lunch and it was gorgeous. 

Sue love's pigs

Moored at the farm there's another boat breasted up to Festina Lente and her name is Festina Lente also.

As we pass Ayhno Weir lock where the river Cherwell crosses the canal
 (oddly diamond shaped apparently to help with water levels as it's only one foot deep ) we are thrust  into Northamptonshire for less than a mile and then back to Oxfordshire. We are now moored for the night just above bridge 192 adjacent to Wharf Farm. A nice chap from the boat behind asked if it was  ok for him to run his generator from 6pm till 8pm, how thoughtful, it's on as I write this and it's low hum is not obtrusive at all. Will be having those sausages we got from the farm for our tea.

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