On Saturday I though I better pay our mooring fees as yesterday we were out before the office was open, I thought the charges reasonable as it is just the museum admission charge for each person plus £4 per additional night, the weather was still changeable but we managed to spend our day dodging the showers by alternating between the indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Looking at some photos of our 1988 visit, some things haven’t changed a bit…
but it was sad to see other exhibits had deteriorated …
The good news is that some funding has been secured to assess and restore where viable..
For an old R.A. Lister apprentice there was plenty to show the grandkids and say Grandpa used to help make those!
We had a good day, the kids enjoyed themselves turning handles, building a ‘narrowboat’ and operating a real HIAB. I enjoyed seeing Jo & Rose Skinner’s narrowboat Friendship knowing that they and their nephew Jack and his wife, (also Rose) had worked the Oxford Canal, our home waterway. In retirement Jack & Rose lived in their canalside cottage in Thrupp until their deaths in 2008 & 2012 respectively both in their late eighties.
It was also great to be able to retreat to the boat for lunch and take a break.