Monday, 29 June 2015

Pinkhill to Sandford

After watching the resident barn owl hunting for his breakfast at 08:30, we pulled the pins. A short distance to the first lock of the day, the Pinkhill lock keeper took note of the trout Sue caught yesterday- seems these catches get recorded. 

It's proper shorts and T-shirts weather today, we might finally get to store the jumpers and fleeces in the dark hole beneath the bed. Water tank was filled and the dumpables were removed at Eynsham lock services, we washed the side of the boat while we waited for the tank to fill. 

We shared Kings lock and Godstow lock with nb Goosey Gander. At Osney lock Sue locked nb Niblick through, Sue knew the name had a golfing connotation - she was right as the skipper is a retired golf pro.

The Osney moorings were full as were the Oxford moorings, the wino's bench was well attended too, one chap slurred something incoherent as we passed. We planned to moor at Sandford which is another popular mooring spot, unusually there was only two other boats on the meadow when we arrived at 15:30. After repositioning one of the pins that I had driven through an ants nest we went to the Kings Arms and sat in the garden with a cool glass of lager.

Barn Owl hunting on Pinkhill meadow. 

Oxford Cruisers 

This waterlogged tree seems to be doing well.

Remains of Godstow Abbey by the lock.

Cooling off at Port Meadow

Oxford college boat club houses.

Ifley lock

1 comment:

Ken and Sheena said...

Lol @ "wino bench". We call them the "special brew crew". Gotta watch the stuff on your roof when you moor there. We're heading up now, so thanks for letting us know Oxford is 'stuffed'. Maybe have time for a pint with you and Sue this year.. Regards...