Monday, 13 August 2007


3 Locks, 4 Miles, 2 Lift Bridges. Now moored at Banbury.
566 locks, 704½ miles, 18 Tunnels, 37 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

Banbury Cross - yes just like the nursery rhyme

This morning was cool and overcast when we set off. As we had set off early again it was a quiet and uneventful trip. Just past Banbury Tramway moorings we pulled in and moored up on the 14 day moorings behind some commercial buildings. Once moored up we realised that there was blackberries growing up against the building with the fattest, juiciest blackberries we have seen to date. It didn’t take Joy, Alan and I long to fill 3 plastic containers.

Gypsy Rover moored in the centre of Banbury

After a quick walk up to the Banbury town centre we found plenty of moorings in the 24 and 48 hour zones so we pulled the pins and heading on up through the lock and lift bridge. Once safely established we went for a walk to buy some meat and veggies but this is where the problem started. The Castle Quay mall shows a Somerfield supermarket on its door plan but after walking all around the place we found out that it ain’t there no more. We had to settle for M & S who don’t have that good a range of produce. The main item required was cooking apples to go with the blackberries and they did have some of those in stock.

After dropping the goodies back to the boat and catching up with Alan and Joy again we set off in search of the Banbury Cross and what ever else there was of interest.

This evening we have only cooked half of the blackberries and apples and had a superb dessert with ice cream. As we had cooked more than anticipated there is still some left over to have on our breakfast cereal tomorrow morning. The remaining uncooked berries will be dealt with tomorrow evening hopefully in pie form.

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