Having left Twyford Wharf on Sunday morning, and moored just short of Cropredy, we continued on yesterday to Fenny Compton. The wind got increasingly strong during the day, and we got caught in ne or two heavy showers. As we arrived at Fenny, the heavens opened once more, the wind rose to gale force and we had horizontal hail! While we were mooring a couple walked by with suitcases. Suddenly, the chap turned and said ‘Roger’? It turned out to be a very old friend (and his wife) that Rog had met on his Air Traffic Controllers course in 1986! A short chat, and we found that they were loading up their boat for a few weeks out. Needless to say, an arrangement was made to meet a bit later on in the pub. 2.30 saw us all safely ensconced out of the foul weather. A great deal of beer, chat and laughter later, we decided it would be rude not to take advantage of the pub’s 2 meals for a tenner, so we did! Sara and I left the pub at just after 8 pm, with the men following shortly after – they had decided that they had had enough beer already and didn’t succumb to the temptation to have just one more pint. I can’t remember the last time we spent all afternoon in the pub!
The wind still being horrendous on Tuesday, we decided to stay where we were for the day. Pete and Sara are continuing with their preparations for leaving on their trip, so they came for a coffee, and then went off in the car. We planned to meet up again later.
After another few beers in the pub we said our goodbyes. We did think we might see them again today (Wed) but we were away earlier than them, and they have stopped at The Folly below Napton Locks, and we are moored 10 minutes further on at the Bridge pub. It’s been a lovely day today, a little cloudy at times, but hot when the sun has come out. A little chilly in the breeze still, but it’s great to see the sun! Even better tomorrow, so the weather forecast says.