Easter Day was forecast to be rainy and we decided to stay put at Cropredy and so celebrated Easter at Cropredy’s parish church, St Mary’s. It was their informal family friendly service led by two lovely ladies, we were made welcome and given a small egg as we left. The forecast was about right and the heavens opened after lunch so we had made the right decision to stay and whiled the afternoon and evening away with TV and Scrabble.
This morning’s weather obliged with sunshine, after breakfast Joy prepared our meals for the day and then we joined the exodus of boats heading South.
A few of Cropredy Canoe Club’s members were out and about but there were, it seemed, few boats leaving Banbury so consequently most of the locks were against us.
At Little Bourton Lock the owner of the lock cottage was engaged in renovations and opened the top gate for us. Below the lock the Anglo-Welsh hire boat which we had seen broken down on Thursday was now running again (diesel problems cured we understand) and we were told that the company was looking for someone to take it back to Oxford as the hirers had had to abandon their trip because of the breakdown.
The sunshine stayed with us all the way back to Banbury where we paused to pick up a prescription from Banbury Health Centre (yes, open on a Bank Holiday Monday!) At Banbury Lock we met Jim on Smokin’ Badger who told us he is setting up a mobile fuel tank cleaning service after experiencing fuel bug problems himself three times in the last year.
We arrived back at our home mooring to learn from a passing boater that he had just seen a mountain bike being stolen from a cruiser moored nearby. We managed to trace the owner through Jim to pass on the bad news. If you are in the Banbury Tramway area beware of a shifty looking hoody wearer loitering about.
We were just in time for a cup of tea and a chat with the neighbours in the sunshine before a thunderstorm developed and sent us scurrying inside.
It’s back to work on Wednesday with the prospect of our next trip to look forward to.