Now I know all you folk in education will say no it’s not, but my holidays start today and it’s five weeks before I have to go back to work, so there!
So what have we been up to since the last instalment? We have had a weekend mini-cruise down to Nell Bridge near Aynho and moored up at The Pig Place overnight while our son Jeremy camped there with his girlfriend and the grandkids.
We spent the weekend with them, on Saturday going to the Church Fete at Broughton Castle, the home of Lord & Lady Saye and Sele , where the Sealed Knot Society put on a display of arms and period pursuits. The kids loved seeing musket balls being cast, handling swords (did you know that the leather sword strap, worn over the shoulder was called a Baldrick?) and trying their hand at weaving. There was a dancing display by a local dance school, a military marching band, Pimms, ice cream and refreshments as well as bric-a-brac stalls et al. Altogether the best village fete we’ve been to in many a year.
On the Sunday we went to our church at Heyford Park Chapel followed by a very reasonable Sunday lunch at The Coach & Horses at Adderbury, an outpost of Wiltshire brewers Wadsworth here in Oxfordshire. In the afternoon the women and children went to the Banbury Show, with ‘It’s a Knockout’ and other entertainments, while myself & Jer in his guise as The Boat Man went to quote for fitting some solar panels for Penny on nb Campanula. (she makes crochet curtains and porthole lace, don’t you know!) We re-joined the rest of the tribe at the show for an ice cream before they had to make their way home.
It’s been a bit of a month for catching up with friends, Sue & Quentin on nb Twizzle came through this way, so that meant another visit to the Jaypur for an Indian meal. Last Saturday must have been a bit of a record, we went back to our home town, Dursley in Gloucestershire, took our car to my erstwhile colleague, Paul, at Mill Motors for it’s MoT, and visited our friends, Edward & Hazel, Elaine, in Dursley. Allison, Barry & Sue (boaters just moved ashore) in Kingswood. We met Jeremy, Becky & Isabelle at the Star Anise Cafe at Stroud and of course Jos, who’s a chef there. On to Stonehouse for tea and cake with Christine & Tony, then to meet John & Fi of nb Epiphany at Saul and went for a meal at The Ship, Framilode, where we bumped into Martin & Anne who were neighbours to us when we lived in Dursley! … Phew, I feel tired just remembering it!
After all that excitement I chilled out on the Monday by servicing the boat engine, in the drizzle… Now why was it I gave up being a service engineer?