We moved from Fenny Compton to Claydon top lock. It was quite windy on route and we had fun and games through the narrow stretch that was Fenny Compton tunnel. Boats coming in the opposite direction with very few passing places, which made the journey slightly longer. My back luckily has been improving daily with rest and analgesia. We stayed at the top lock for a couple of nights. More fun and games through the five lock flight with the pounds being very low and boats running aground. We decided to get through early on Sunday to make sure we didn’t get stuck, and we stopped at Copredy.
This was pinned to a couple of the locks. Sounds plausible but it was April 1st on Saturday. After the 31st March the mooring rule has returned to normal and as there was a 24hr notice at Copredy we moved again on Monday to Banbury. Now in this area it is Easter holidays so we stayed at Castle Quays for one night only;having been caught out last year with young people thinking it funny to taunt boats and worse. We had a look round the shops whilst there. Since my last blog our old computer that runs our gps navigator programme just stopped working. The gps device won’t work on our new computer, so it’s looking like we are stuck in one place on the blog. Also our rotating chimney cowl fell off its perch and Charlie needs to pot river it back on! On Tuesday we moved to a more quiet spot on the Banbury fringe. On the way we passed the fuel boat Dusty so filled up and bought gas in the middle of the canal. Good job nothing came along!
This has been our mooring since Tuesday and the weather has been just like the picture all of this time. We have touched up a few rust spots and repainted them. Blacked the other side of the boat that we didn’t do before because it was cold, and applied polish on the coach sides. Also put some grip strip on the bow for safety. Weekend looks fair so we will move again tomorrow to Aynho and I’ll get some washing done on route.