Thursday, 29 May 2014


Wednesday...In the morning we walked up to the shop by the bottom lock with Ray & Diane and then to the chandlers to buy some silicon grease for the Vetus stern gland, two longer desmo legs for the dinette and a boatmans pole of a suitable weight for Sue to use as the one on the roof she can't lift.

We were humming and harring about whether to move to one of our favourite spots on the Oxford canal but in the end the worsening weather made us stay tied to the bank for another night.

Today saw us moving up behind Ferndale to use the 'dump your load' facility before the off, no rain.. hoorah.. both boats made their way past the Boathouse pub and took the left at Braunston Turn. We weren't going far just down to bridge 101 to a mooring set in isolated countryside. Ferndale pulled in and we went aboard for a nice cup of tea and to say our farewells... as Ray and I discussed no point in saying have a good trip as being on the canal it's a forgone conclusion that it will be.

We have had a great week with Ray and Diane aka Raymond and Nutfield (an apt name for this lovely bonkers lady) excellent company. Our transient lifestyle  means that all too soon there is a junction somewhere that you will wave goodbye and because of the vastness and timelessness of the canal system it could be months or even years before you meet again. Our junction will be Napton as our companions turn right to start their journey north to Birmingham, tomorrow we turn left to leave FL in Wigrams marina for two days while we head down to Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership rugby union cup final between Northampton and Saracens plus seats for the Groves v Froch rematch at Glyn & Christines.

Passing the Boathouse

Ferndale taking the turn at Braunston

Familiar pose

Ferndale leaving FL tied to the bank

Todays side hatch shot.

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