Yesterday morning we left our mooring just south west of Braunston and braved the strong wind towards Napton Locks – the cruising was ‘challenging’ – with a few mishaps due to the wind! However, it was dry and not too cold so that’s always a bonus.
We had views of Napton windmill from all angles from a long way off, and in a field occupied by Shetland ponies, cattle and sheep, we spied a deer, calmly lying the the middle of it all.
We filled with water before the first lock, and several hours later we up at the top of the locks at Marston Doles.
We spotted our namesake – not many of us about, and a fellow blogger – nb Harnser. Sorry not to find you on board, Brian, maybe our paths will cross again some day soon.
We moored overnight and set off again this morning to traverse the summit of the Oxford canal – and very peaceful and rural it is – not much to see but lots of sheep.
It twists and turns this way and that, so that you are never quite sure which direction you are facing – we went through the bridge below five minutes before! But at least you could see other boats coming towards you long before you reached a bend.
We are now moored at Fenny Compton for the night, and feel obliged to partake of the delights of the Wharf Inn tonight – tomorrow our goal is Cropredy for a meal in the Red Lion or the Brasenose Inn to celebrate Rog’s birthday.