We pulled pins at 08.30 and met this boat going through the lock . The owner was taking it to Braunston for the Historic boat festival . The Boat is called Tardebigge and its an Ice breaker/tug and parts of it date back to the early 1900s. It is a lovely looking boat and a credit to its owner.
When we eventually get up in the lock there are just so many Gongoozlers. But Carolyn doesn't mind a the kids help her work the lock gates. With one of the paddles out of action there was a bit of a wait at the lock.
Following a very successful shopping day for Carolyn we decided to go into town for an early breakfast before setting off the following day. Now, this is how i like to see a town with all its shops shut. Although Carolyn doesn't seem to share my thoughts.We went to Wetherspoons for one of their breakfasts ,but unfortunately we didn't have a good experience.I wont go into detail but the service and cold food was very poor to say the least. The excuse from the staff was that they were understaffed and couldn't cope….Well that's NOT MY PROBLEM Mr Wetherspoon !!!…. Carolyn hasn't been happy with Spoons for a long time as we have had several bad meals over recent months and she is a bit fed up with cheap microwaved meals. We will just have to see if it improves, and if it doesn't .
After reaching the summit of The South Oxford we pass through Fenny tunnel that used to be a tunnel . Many years ago the roof was taken off the tunnel leaving a very narrow stretch of canal that is nearly a straight mile long. If you have ever travelled through this section you will know how narrow it is and you just hope you don't meet a boat coming in the other direction. Well today we met 12 boats heading towards us and it took us nearly 2 hours to get through. Never mind though as its all part of the fun of boating….
We picked up this mooring on the summit of the South Oxford canal and its miles from anywhere. With 179 sheep as neighbours ( I couldn't sleep, so had to count them ) and no one else for miles we will have a very enjoyable night here.