Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sandford to Days lock

Johnny Nash was playing on the radio this morning - he got the forecast spot on - it was 'a bright, bright sunshiny day' when we untied FL from the bank at 08:30. 

We shared Sandford lock with two other narrow boats. A short stop at Abingdon to visit an ATM and cash in Sue's £11 lottery win, which we exchanged for some Magnus and Carling -well it is going to be 30 degrees later. 

After Abingdon lock, Culham lock and then Clifton lock's are approached via long lock cuttings, after Clifton lock there is a backwater navigable for a mile to the Plough at Long Wittenham, we have made this trip in a small cruiser before but I think FL would have to reverse all the way back - so we stayed with the main flow.

Spotted our first Red Kite that wasn't airborne, Sue again managed to get a good shot of it on it's perch. After Clifton Hampden bridge the river arch's round to Day's lock a favourite mooring on the Thames. We managed to fit against the bank with two, three men in a boat style camping rig's behind. 

Self service, but all electric

Clifton lock

The progress of flood management had a blip in 2007

Clifton Hamden Bridge and church

Elaborate brickwork to the arches.

St. Michaels and all Angels.

Day's lock mooring

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