All the Fun of the Fair

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Passing through Cropredy last weekend we met some blog-readers, on nb Duckslanding, who asked if we were still blogging. As I explained, I only blog when I think I have something vaguely interesting to write about, but it did make me realise that it been a month, so here goes.

Whilst spending some time in the Cropredy area we were encouraged to join some fellow-boaters at The Brasenose’s Sunday quiz, this turned out to be a fun evening with some ‘robust’ banter between the teams. Naturally we didn’t win the quiz, the meat raffle or Find the Joker, but it was good to feel part of the local community!

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We have been in foraging mode, but even blackberries seem scarce however we have found enough in the hedgerows for a couple of blackberry and apple crumbles. Marrows are more plentiful (not in the hedgerows) so Joy has made a couple of batches of Marrow Chutney, which isn’t half bad.


We’re now hoping to find some sloes to try to make Sloe Vodka, if we succeed maybe we can wean a certain person off of Vokda, Blackcurrant and Coke… It must be a Welsh peculiarity!

I had wee drama at work last week, I was ‘crafting’ a new part for a Mini accelerator pedal, which was going quite well until I speared my hand with a screwdriver. I bled quite spectacularly and ended up spending hours waiting in A & E but was deemed to need no more than a stick on dressing, an anti-tetanus jab and a follow-up visit to the GP. My GP was off ill (he really should stay away from all those sick people!) and his colleague prescribed antibiotics big enough for a horse. The damage seems to be healing alright and ironically when I got home, I found an old ball joint off the end of the boat throttle cable which fitted the Mini perfectly.

After my A & E adventures we took the boat down the two locks to Cropredy to fill up with water and had intended to moor there until the weekend and then continue to Banbury. This was not to be however, as there was not a mooring to be had, so we retraced our route to Broadmoor Lock arriving back in the dark. Does that make us ‘proper’ boaters now?

Making our planned trip down to Banbury on Saturday we met our good friend Bones coming the other way and whilst we were arranging to swap our cars between Banbury and Cropredy Catty took advantage of our inattention and escaped into the hedge, watched keenly by Boots, Bones’s dog. See photos here.

Ah yes, all the Fun of the Fair; the Michaelmas Fair is in town in Banbury, it’s a ‘chartered’ street fair held each year in the centre of Banbury co-incidentally the same week as Salisbury Fair which I enjoyed as a child.


3 thoughts on “All the Fun of the Fair”

  1. Hi you two – glad to see you’re still getting in trouble! Hands, cats, mini’s etc! even trips to Cambridge?
    Hoping Joy is back at full speed now and you’re really OK!

    1. Hi Sue, We’re not too bad, Joy is managing to walk without her stick occasionally and has just started helping at Oxfam again & going to art classes too. Don’t remember going to Cambridge though???

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