Well the dry and sunny spell continues and let’s just hope we won’t end up paying the price with a wet and miserable winter.
Currently writing this blog offline as for the first time since I can remember, maybe almost as long as we’d changed from a Three dongle to a Three MiFi almost two years ago, we can’t get a signal (we’re moored just north of Upper Heyford on the
) and the same goes
for the phone. Can’t really complain though, as we have found the Three
coverage to be excellent on the whole. Oxford
The River Cherwell crosses the
canal just above Aynho Lock, well I
say crosses, but it more merges into the pound between the locks and flows out
the other side. There are warning indicator boards at these locks with green as
okay to travel, amber be aware or red don’t go, but all was pretty mild as we
went through. Oxford
To the right is where the River Cherwell comes into the pound, on the left you can see the barriers protecting boats from the arched weir itself where you would be pushed towards at times of flood and today, Badger Sett making her way towards it.
The Aynho Lock itself is a little different from normal as whilst it’s got a single narrow lock gate, you can actually get more than one boat in so I suppose in a way it’s a double lock. First one of it’s kind we’ve come across and shared it down with another boat. Don't worry, I haven't suddenly aged, this was just the chap that was setting the lock when we arrived.
Our friends, Chris and Maralyn, came to visit us again and kindly picked up some milk and fruit on the way as we were getting low. Chris also brought us one of his freshly baked cakes and with Nicky having baked some scones and a fruit tea cake I’ve been left hoovering up an abundance of cakes the last few days. Oh well, hell of a job, but someone’s got to do it and I don’t of course let Nicky eat too much as I’m watching her weight for her.
There is a deep lock at Somerton that is for some strange reason called Somerton Deep Lock ! and is shown as a 12’ drop.
You can get an idea of the drop from below the bottom gate.
Then from inside the empty lock, whose ladder I wouldn’t fancy having to climb up to get out to open the lock gate and reminds me why I’ve brought Nicky along with me to travel around the network.
We’ve been moored up just above
Heyford for a few days, which is where the Internet signal was bad,
so we’d have moved on by the time this blog is posted. We went for a walk a bit
further down the canal,
Spotted a ‘
narrowboat, but we were told by the boat moored in front that they had gone to
the pub and it had moved when we passed by later. We’ll keep an eye out for them
in case they double back our way.
We also came across a snake (dark green with yellow markings) that I’m assuming was either a grass snake or an Adder, that slithered across the path in front of us and a bit too quick for a photo. Just glad The Boys were dragging behind as I don't know what they'd have made of it and whether a sniff would have got them bitten.
That's all for now, been making the best of the weather to do some work on the outside of the boat so after a few hours a day we've not really felt like moving on all that much.
And so in signing off, and a slight addition to my normal log as I've decided to actually include our cruising hours now,
Day 625 in the Badger Sett Narrowboat - 1292 miles, 545 locks and 660 cruising hours further on from when we started.