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We acquired our Narrowboat in January 2010 and are looking forward to many cruises around the network.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Moorings at Osney Bridge Oxford.

This was the view of the moorings looking down river towards Osney Lock, which is round the next bend.  We spoke to several other boaters whilst moored here and decided when we leave we will turn and go up to Lechlade. This is the highest navigable point of the Thames.

Monday (1st August) we spent the day doing tourist sightseeing bits around the city, admiring all the fine buildings and the history. Later we had our first visitors for this trip.  Malcolm & Jennie joined us for tea and cakes and a look around. When there's more time we will go on a cruise together.  Having recovered sufficiently we then had to decide where to eat.  There is almost too much choice, but we settled on 'The Jam Factory'.  This was as excellent eatery and we wine and dined 'til late into the evening.
Tuesday (2nd August) we took the bus to Malcolm & Jennie and then all went to Rex's funeral over in St. Albans.  Joining several members from the Alvis Owner Club for a sad occasion is never fun.  However, we combined this with a meeting in the evening at 'The Bird in Hand' at Knowl Hill with other members, which once again turned into a very sociable wining and dining event.  Having done a fair amount of our cruise by road in a matter of hours we will back on the boat to cover the distance at walking pace.

Under the Toll Bridge at Shillingford

Wednesday 3rd we set off from Osney Bridge back upstream cruising through some very pretty countryside and  well kept locks which are all manned by cheerful lock keepers.  It was a delightful day which ended just past Rushey lock on a very pleasant riverside mooring with the sun setting beautifully. 

Late evening looking across open coutryside. Beautiful!

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