Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Back to Oxford

Blimey Derwent6 has been in overdrive.. It was another early start as we watched the sunrise this morning. It was such a nice spot we had, it was tempting not to move, but it was another pleasant cruising day with the hazy blue skies and a slight chill to the wind making it very autumnal.
We started on the bends where the Thames winds it's way on to Abingdon with the Didcot Power station always in sight, passing through Culham lock on the way. At Culham there was a sign saying that Abingdon lock was closed due to a hydraulic problem, but the lock keeper said it may be open by the time we arrived.
Abingdon was again busy when we got there, with people taking advantage of the five day free moorings. We would rather have the fourteen days free in the countryside. At the lock the engineers had just finished repairing the lock and we got to try it. It was then on to Oxford, via Sandford Lock and then Iffley lock with not much hassle. We got to Osney and were surprised that not one boat was on the moorings here, so we had our pick. We then walked into town and picked up a few things and posted a letter before we had something to eat. Al had always wanted to go to Fire and Stone which does pasta and very different pizza's, so we treated ourselves. The Pizza's were scrummy! When we got back to Derwent6 we were knackered and fell into bed, an early night for us.

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