Priors Hardwick bridge to Napton then to Braunston

I made my cake (a crunchy topped apple and blackberry streusel cake mmmmm). I didn’t get the chimney cleaned though. I’ll do that another day as although sunny it is quite cold. I did pick a few blackberries as there are many where we moored. And I made a small pot of jam as I only had one jar available that was empty.

Brambles still looking good

Brambles still looking good

Yesterday we moved to Napton. We negotiated 9 locks which was more tiring than usual as the hire boat ahead of us kept leaving the bottom gates open! I did a good deed for the day by topping up a chap’s thermos flasks with boiling water. He was lying beside the brick shed by the second to last lock to keep out of the wind. He looked as if he was down on his luck so I offered the water, and gave him a small piece of the apple cake. He seemed appreciative anyway. There were lock keepers at the last lock in the flight, and we mentioned about the hire boat leaving the gates open. They were aware and had pointed it out to them. Apparently the hirer’s were taking the boat back to Napton hire base. They were supposed to have 4 nights on board, but after 2 they decided they didn’t like it and were cutting their trip short. No excuse though to not work the locks properly. We stopped for water and cassette emptying as the sani station had been mended. Another load of washing completed en route. It dries quickly with the fire on. I walked to the little shop by the Folly Inn and purchased some water buffalo burgers and ice cream. Neither tasted any different from normal, but at least we can say we have tried them!

Today we moved again to Braunston. I stayed inside the boat whilst we moved and made bread, and tidied up a bit. I was lovely and warm. I had to take the tiller though when Charlie needed the bathroom. I quickly said I needed to go back inside though. We last moored in Braunston in April 2011 on a hire boat. After visiting Midland chandlers for a boat hook, we had lunch and were going to walk to the marina here, and the town. There was a narrowboat cafe here last time, and we decided to walk tomorrow and investigate to see if it is still there. Water Buffalo burgers with salad are quite filling! Too many trees around though for a satellite signal. Good job we raided the charity shops for cheap DVD’s in Banbury and Oxford.

Lastly a picture of Izzy looking intelligent (probably waiting to be fed as always)

Izzy

Izzy

Priors Hardwick bridge to Napton                                                                              4.14miles  4hrs 30mins                                                                                                     9 locks

Napton to Braunston                                                                                                          6.80miles  2hrs 45mins                                                                                                     0 locks

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