Tuesday, 24 July 2007

No change yet.

Still moored above Osney lock.
547 locks, 677 miles, 18 Tunnels, 37 swing bridges and 10 lift bridges since Nov 2006

By midnight there had been no change in the river level so we both tried to get to some sleep. At 4 am I was awoken by heavy rain but after a quick check on water levels which were still unchanged I went back to bed.
When we first moored up here I put in 2 mooring pins for added protection and as usual marked the pins with shopping bags so people didn’t trip over them. This morning a lady was walking past the boat with her dog which decided to leave its little package alongside the boat. The lady then removed the bag from one of the pins to collect up the doggie doo. Now full marks for cleaning up the doings, but what a cheek to pinch our bag. If you take your dog for a walk you should be prepared and have a plastic bag with you.

While listening to the radio reports, EA still keep shifting the goal posts now saying that the peak will hit this afternoon. Just to give you some idea on the rate at which the river is flowing it is reported that there is 90.000 gallons a second going through here at present.

Peter and Pam Fletcher from the NZMCA in NZ have now arrived to stay with us but sadly it looks like we may not be moving for a while but the’re quite happy with the situation.

2pm and the river hasn’t risen any further and EA report the river levels up at the head waters are starting to drop, here’s hoping. They have every sluice and flood gate open from Lechlade to the Barrier at Greenwich so it’s just a matter of time now.

I am just listening to the radio station talking to 2 boaters at Abingdon and Babcock Hythe who are stranded on their boats unable to get off their boats. The latter reports that they are drifting off the river on to the field which is five feet under water as are 4 other narrow boats and 2 cruisers. They are trying to keep themselves on the river but it’s not easy. They only have enough food and water to survive 2 or 3 days.

One of the cruisers has been left by its owners but has broken its moorings and is hanging on by one rope. Considering this we have no problems here and can think ourselves very lucky.

If you want to see the carnage at Banbury have a look at this BBC Oxford site.
5.30 pm and the lockie has told us that if the road alongside us is still dry by midnight we hopefully we will have cracked it. EA are saying 3.30am tomorrow so who will be proved correct. My money is on the lockie, go Ray.


Jim said...

I think my friends Kristine and Bernard are tied up at Osney on their boat "Sunshine". If you see them can you say "Hello" to them from "Jim" on "Starcross" (which is home and dry at Norbury Junction)

Hope you are safe and well.


Unknown said...

Hi Both, Glad you are ok, we have been keeping up to date with the canal weather, good photos. you will remember your first summer here , that's for sure.
take care Pat & Mike.