To Banbury and Back

As reported in our last posting we have been down to Banbury for a little while, we had arranged to have our grandchildren during their half-term holiday but due to a communication failure with our son we thought their half-term was a week earlier than it actually was!  So our plans to take them to the fair came to nought.

Solar PanelAll was not lost though as I had promised to fit a solar panel on our friend Adrian’s boat and I was able to bring that job forward by a week which suited us both.

Whilst in the town centre we, at last, managed to visit The General Foods Club which is situated opposite the Castle Quay Shopping Centre and alongside the Banbury Museum and Oxford Canal and offers hospitality to visiting boaters with reasonably priced beer and a friendly welcome.

The grandchildren joined us last Thursday and enjoyed doing playing games and doing crafts with Grandma and fun in the park when weather permitted.

MaffiMaffi arrived in Banbury on Friday and joined us for a meal, he has a new profile picture on his blog, it’s a wonder the kids weren’t traumatised!

On Saturday we boated back to Cropredy with the children really helping with the locks, they’re getting quite proficient at it. Maffi hitched a lift with us to meet Bones, who was coming back south, at Slat Mill Lock.

Our plans were all out of kilter this week as we thought we might take the kids to the Fireworks at Cropredy, but we had the date wrong for that too!

Not content with that, when we took the children back home on Sunday the sat-nav was telling us we would be there an hour early, how could that be? You’re ahead of us aren’t you… Yes, we forgot to change the clocks! So the planned lunch on the way back turned into brunch at Tesco. The kids, bless them, didn’t complain once about their loopy grandparents.

For the last few weeks we have been trying The Hairy Dieter’s Diet and can heartily recommend it both for taste and effectiveness.  We have had a few lapses, occasioned by Joy’s birthday weekend and visits to friends, but despite that we have both lost about a stone so far. So buy the book or visit the website if you want to do the same, I take comfort in the fact that Si and Dave were still heavier after their diet than I was before. [/end of smug comment]
Tonight’s dinner was their Spicy Bean and Vegetable Stew, delicious!

Winter Stoppages 2012-3We are now back at Broadmoor Lock for a week before we head up to Fenny Compton before Claydon Locks are closed for six weeks for maintenance as part of CaRT’s Winter Stoppage Programme, then we will be effectively be trapped between there and Napton Locks which are also having work done on them, just as well we like it there!


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