Leaving Heyford

Sunday 22nd April

This morning we prevailed on Allison to drive us to church at Heyford Park Chapel where we caught up with some of our ‘old’ friends. It was a family service & was notable by it’s lack of children (just two) so the adults had to take part in the craft activities which had been prepared.

Before we returned to the boat we enjoyed drinks & Barm Brack  (Tea Loaf) at Kizzies.  This evening we enjoyed roast beef dinner cooked on board, but before that we had an unscheduled cruise down to the water point, as that tap at Aynho must have been even slower than we thought and we ran out. Anyway, it was a nice evening and we cruised down the ‘The Cleaves’ to turn around. We moored up in the same spot but facing the other way which completely trashed our TV & phone signals!

Monday 23rd April

Allison had to go home today but before she went she kindly took us to Bicester to get some shopping & lunch at Sainsburys.

This evening we went out to our friends Ruth & Barry where we enjoyed an excellent home-made Lamb Curry and chatted about our respective boating plans for this year.

Tuesday 24th April

This morning Denise took Joy up to meet up with friends at ‘Get Active, Stay Active’ Exercise class at Upper Heyford Village hall, part of the Healthy Heyford initative. I meanwhile, took the boat on to Allen’s Lock, where Denise returned Joy to and came aboard for a chat & a coffee.

On the way along I passed a new ‘End of Garden’ mooring with a boat I thought I recognised and a quick check of it’s registration number revealed it was indeed Lady Christine, one of the first boats I worked on at Heyford Wharf back in 2009, she has certainly had a very thorough makeover since then!

We are moored in a peaceful spot far enough from the railway line for it not to be intrusive, looking out to a wild flower bank (see top image) at the bottom of someone’s garden on one side and the River Cherwell on the other.

Good TV signal, good phone signal (GiffGaff/O2 network) but non-existent internet (EE) except through  the phones.

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