Friday, 20 May 2016

The last mooring in Oxford

We were under way by 0930 this morning, waving goodbye to Bones as she walked Boots and chatted to Dusty Miller.

A few minutes before we untied, an Anglo Welsh hire boat had come slowly. We caught up with them at every lock, not as they were leaving but as they were going in. When we caught up with them at Shipton Weir Lock we joined them in the lock.

They went out first, but at the lift bridge just round the corner they waved us through. Hooray! We had almost finished at the Elsan point in Thrupp when they came past again, but they had said they were stopping for lunch. We passed them as they were tying up outside the Boat Inn. Phew!

Our entry into Oxford was green and leafy.

We continued to the very end of the navigation and tied up at the last and only space on the 48 hour moorings, just a few feet back from here.

The city centre was busy with people, mostly a lot younger than us! We had average fish and chips at a Greene King pub, visited Tesco and the Co-op and returned to the boat. Here we had some of the profiteroles we bought in the Co-op, probably the best packet profiteroles I have had. I first discovered them in the Co-op in Fenny Compton. If you like profiteroles these are definitely the ones to go for!

We appear to have swapped last nights trains thundering by the other side of the hedge for emergency sirens.

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