Summer Cruise 2013 – Day 31

sThis morning we slipped quietly away from our mooring at Bablock Hythe into a misty morning with heavy rain forecast by 10am, but despite a few distant rumbles of thunder and a solitary flash of lightning we were pleased that the sun decided to shine instead, and the weather was pleasant all day. There were just 9 ¾ miles, four river locks and one canal lock today.

Yes we are back on the Oxford Canal, we entered by Sheepwash Channel, past the remains of the old railway swing bridge, swung round in the Castle Mill Stream Junction up Isis Lock and moored opposite the boarded up

DSCF4812Jericho Wharf (Castle Mill boatyard) which has had an uncertain future over the last few years. However at last it looks as if the City Council are taking action to prepare a document “offering clear planning advice on how the site should be developed…” which will hopefully enable the Jericho Wharf Trust to buy and develop the site for the benefit of for the community.

Joy has again been taking some nice photos of our journey today so I will let those tell the story.

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WEJourneyMap-18169This afternoon we ambled down to the city centre for Joy to buy some new summer tops and a few groceries. Before returning to the boat we sat in Bonn Square with an iced smoothy apiece, boy they certainly were cold! Brain Freeze!! Later we cooked our first hot meal in days, good old bangers and mash, chilli flavoured organic sausages from The Cotswold Food Company, and settled down to an evening of music from our mp3 library punctuated by the chimes of St Barnabus’ clock and the trains passing by an the other side of Castle Mill Stream.

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