Saturday evening we met with Debbie, Mike and crew at the Rock of Gibralter pub. We had all looked at the menu online and decided it looked reasonable. When we actually got there, the menu was quite different, and we were told the online menu was from previous tenants and they couldn’t erase it! Anyway we were shown to the downstairs room and chose our meals. The meals were nice and reasonably priced. The barman however a tad strange to say the least. Sunday we decided to stay put on our mooring below the lock. Debbie passed and stopped to view our humble abode, then they went on to Oxford. It turned out to be a very interesting Sunday as all the hire boats from Lower Heyford were coming back. At one stage there were 4 waiting at the lock, and we had a private boat breasted against us also waiting. The hire boats however were now on diet coke, and not the beer we saw on Friday.
Monday we moved to Thrupp, and we were going to meet Debbie again here as they were overnighting before travelling to Aynho. We had one lock to do (another diamond shaped one), and a liftbridge. The liftbridges are interesting in that you have to pull down on a chain and then keep your weight on the beam until the boat goes through. This I did and as we had pulled onto the landing for me to get off, we noticed another boat coming in the opposite direction so we let him through first .We managed to get almost to the sanitary station before it poured with rain. We’ve managed to dodge the rain mostly till now. We filled with water and emptied rubbish and did the elsan business. The sanitary station is the prettiest we have seen so far and very well kept.
There are also tubs of flowers that are sponsored by the private moorers here. The lift bridge is electrified here which was quite welcoming after the last bridge.
We found the visitor moorings here quite empty. Probably because all the occupants were the boats that went back on Sunday. We met up with Debbie and Mike in the evening and had drinks on our boat, and chatted about work and also boating. Quite a late evening for us, but very enjoyable. Today we waved goodbye to Debbie, and probably catchup again in Cornwall when we return.
Today it has been wall to wall rain. We were waiting for the fuel boat Dusty to arrive. When I took Izzy for a walk they were moored awaiting a coal delivery. I told them where we were, and after they had loaded they made their way to us and we filled with diesel (quite a big amount this time). It was pouring with rain now. After dinner we took Izzy for a walk to the church at Shipton on Cherwell, which was just up the towpath. Charlie had a chat with a fisherman, and we had a look around the churchyard and small church. It was a lovely church in a lovely position.
apparently there has been a church on this site since medieval times, but the current church was rebuilt in 1834. We walked back to the boat along the other side of the towpath through what looked like a nature reserve or similar. All in the showery rain. Sun is shining now but it is still raining. We may stay here tomorrow to watch rugby, as these are 7 day moorings. Then it will be off to Oxford.