Saturday, 17 May 2014

Beautiful South Oxford Canal

I have to say that the South Oxford Canal is fast becoming our favourite place to be. It's just so peaceful (when you aren't right next to the train line that is) and its also extremely pretty.

The only down-side is that the internet connection remains extremely poor hence the lack of recent blog posts.

The other night we stopped opposite the farm shop at Adderbury and then went over to see the pigs the next morning. 

The piglets are just so cute.....if they stayed this size I may have been tempted to get one as a pet!

The farm has short term moorings available at £10 a night or £12 with electric hook-up

and also does cooked breakfasts and sells wonderful sausages and bacon.

Everywhere along this canal there are flowers or one sort or another. The clematis covering this bridge will be spectacular in another few days

This wasn't a field of rapeseed, the yellow was a meadow full of buttercups...stunning

We've been mooring in some beautiful isolated spots, usually overlooking the meadows and usually with plenty of visitors

Another benefit of mooring away from the madding crowds is that Roger can sit outside and play his guitar without bothering anyone.

The River Churwell follows the canal for most of the way and you can see how much work is being carried out to raise the banks. Mounds of earth are being installed to improve the flood defences, particularly on the approach to Heyford.

We stayed in Heyford for a couple of nights. It was my birthday - don't ask how old - and Roger had booked a surprise for me. We took the train to London and went to a Michelin starred restaurant for lunch. I'd always wanted to go to Benares after seeing it on Masterchef and I wasn't disappointed. It was wonderful.

Opposite the water point at Heyford is this "wascally wabbit". I just love the bizarre things people put in their gardens.

We're now moored in Thrupp on the 14 day moorings. The village is extremely busy and when I walked to the Co-op yesterday most of the 2 day moorings were full. I'm not sure how long we're staying here, but when we move on it'll be onto the Thames as we're heading towards Lechlade next.

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