Thursday, 2 July 2009


Much discussion on our third passage along the Oxford between Thrupp and Heyford about how to pronounce Aynho. But we arrived there in good order and kept dead in the middle as much as possible, much to the dismay of various trip boaters who scurry to the sides as we hold an unwavering course right until the last minute, swinging back behind them with a cherry 'Morning!' and plenty of wash. Had our last water based show last night at the Great Western Arms. It's been a long time since Mikron was at this lovely location and although it was a perfect hot summer's evening the house was small but perfectly formed although I think slighty bewildered at finding a dramatic rendition of everything you ever wanted to know about the Co-op (and some you probably didn't) with music and mob caps in the courtyard of a charming rural pub restaurant. The new landlords Rene and Ali were very welcoming, despite being given no clue about our arrival by the previous owner when they took over only a month ago. The wharf owners and mooring warden, Pat did all they could to publicise the event and Rene and Ali have asked us back next year so let's hope this can develop again into a great Mikron venue. Back on the van today and off to the Wey and Arun, the Basingstoke and the Chichester canals. They do drive at 3 mph on the right hand side on the M40 don't they?

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