Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Now and Then

The roofs vents have been given a clean & polish, the first time they have been this shiny in 6 years. They should stay bright until the next rainfall.

Our favourite bit of the Thames has been left behind (for now) to all those craft that can negotiate Osneys low air draught bridge.

Osney bridge (

Port Meadow and Oxford spires in the distance

                                                                                                                                                                    Our first stopover on the hottest day of the year so far was at Sandford, we eat inside the cool rooms at the pub

Back on the boat the top hoppers and portholes were removed and front doors left open to make it comfortable to sleep.  This had me racing around at 01:30 to replace them all as a storm thundered overhead and drenched the boat.

On the move at 7am the following morning to share Sandon lock with a German hire crew, just a four-mile jaunt to Abingdon.

Did you know herons can't read?

That is the first time I have managed to get the engine in a bridge shot.

Entering Abingdon lock.


Then and Now

Abingdon Lock and steamboat  1915 (postcard)
The lock house wasn't built until 1928, an early style lockkeeper's hut can be seen lockside. The covered wier walkway is visible in both photos on the left.

Abingdon lock 2019 a trip boat is entering the lock.

1 comment:

Sue said...

That's an interesting pic that old one. On the right you can see a bridge which takes the path from the meadow to the lock.. There is no bridge now or any water/stream..