Canals I mean. We set off at 08.20am as we were woken at some unearthly hour by a nearby cockerel that didn’t stop crowing. The weather hasn’t been as warm today as it was yesterday. We started off in shorts but quickly changed to layers and long trousers, as it was quite cold. A bit of mizzle in the air also. Our cruise off the Ashby was uneventful, only passed a couple of hire boats. I managed to walk Izzy for approx 1 mile whilst Charlie cruised. At Marston junction there was a boat coming through so we held back; and there was a boat waiting for us to go through.
We are now back on the Coventry canal for a short stretch. It was getting busier, but still uneventful thankfully. Whilst cruising I managed to prepare dinner, and also make a blackberry and apple crumble. No good for the waistline but delicious with custard. My excuse is I walk miles with the dog!! We reached Hawkesbury junction after 1hour and decided to turn onto the Oxford. The junction was busy with moored boats and about 4 boats waiting to come through (in the opposite direction to us I may add). A boat was in the stop lock and I went to help. Charlie turned into the junction and waited, meanwhile a hire boat was very keen and placed themselves against the lock gate. Needless to say we asked politely if they could move back so we could come through as the lock (although small) was set in favour for us.
We are now on the North Oxford canal. We were last here in 2011 when on a hire boat, but really can’t remember it. Maybe because it’s a different time of the year.
We have moored at Anstey for the night. So after taking dog for another walk, I have collected more free food (blackberries). More crumbles? Or maybe jam? We will have to travel daily to reach the South Oxford in time to meet up with friends. They only have a weeks holiday. We can take our time again afterwards.