To Banbury and beyond

We left Kings Sutton on Tuesday morning. The weather had forecast rain, but it was dry when we set off. We stopped at Banbury sanitary station and did the necessary there.

Banbury sanitary station

Banbury sanitary station

We moored in the shopping area of Castle Quay so we could access the town easily. We just got moored before the rain arrived. Opposite was a work boat that was full of shopping trolleys, bikes, wheels and even a toilet bowl! After chatting to the CRT workmen it transpires that all of that detritus was dredged from the canal within a half mile stretch of Banbury. People pull up in their cars and just chuck it in! Terrible. No wonder the boat feels like it is catching on things occasionally. Have people no pride in their environment? Not to mention what it does to the wildlife. I wish I had taken a picture now of the rubbish.

Through the lock and into Castle Quay

Through the lock and into Castle Quay

We walked into the town and did the shopping we needed in Wilko. We had already looked around on our last visit so didn’t need to do it again. The rain was on and off all day. In the afternoon I took Izzy for a longer walk to check out the moorings further along as we wanted Aldi (one of my favourite shops). It was fine when I set off, but as I turned to return to the boat the heavens opened and all the clothes including my raincoat where soaked. It was more like a cloudburst! Good job the fire was on so I could dry all the wet clothing.

Wednesday we set off with 2 shopping trolleys to Aldi, about 1/1 a mile away if that. We did a big shop and took it back to the boat. Had coffee and cake then set off again for another load. Another surprise on Wednesday was the passing of NBPetroc. Now this belongs to Geoff and Gill Lovegrove who live in St Merryn; and it was their talk they gave in 2010 to a local club I belonged to, along with a blog of another Cornish couple Fiona and John Slee (ex St Mawgan vicar), that got us thinking about narrowboating. We met up with Gill later in the day for a chat, and had another chat with Geoff on Thursday morning when he walked the dog past. They will be returning to their home mooring in Rugby at the end of the month so they may pass us again.

Thursday we went to Home Bargains (same distance) and purchased some of their bargain smokeless coal, transporting it back to the boat in our green garden trolley. After 2 days of long walking we were feeling the aches and pains. We wanted to get some perspex to cover the bedroom windows (like double glazing), but Wickes didn’t have any. Currently we have a plastic secondary glazing film on 4 of the windows. It has improved the condensation problem that occurs this time of the year.

We decided to move today and head to wherever we fancied stopping. We set off in mist…

Misty morning

Misty morning

And most of the journey till lunchtime was looking like this…

Autumnal fields

Autumnal fields

until suddenly after Copredy the sunshine appeared. We wanted to stop at Copredy for the sanitary again but working boats were there in abundance, so we decided to carry on. We are somewhere between Copredy and Claydon! Sun is still shining and we are chilling after lunch.

Sunshine at last on our mooring

Sunshine at last on our mooring

Next stop Fenny Compton.

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