Horses on the meadow
Grabbing a final bit of Summer weather, I packed my overnight kit and headed up river. The sun was beating down as I passed through Port Meadow and got a photo of some horses in need of a bit of a splash. It's a good life for a horse on Port Meadow in Oxford
We took a couple of days out and spent the night at Dorchester on Thames. As you can see here we found a very cosy mooring tucked in under the trees. We had a fabulous walk up to the top of Whitenham Clumps before a supper of pasta and olive bread.
With some good friends aboard, we headed up river to have a picnic supper on the bank near to Wytham farm.
Moderate amounts of refreshingly cold prosecco were consumed but we did not feel inclined to share this with the sheep that came to investigate.
Thanks Steve - for the photos!
We've had a lot of rain but it didn't get this bad!
'Goodbye Jet-stream, hello summer'. This was the blackboard sign at Godstow lock as we took a Sunday cruise up to Bablock Hythe.
Here is the crew posing at Pinkhill Lock.
On Monday 11 July, AViVA left her mooring and headed downstream. Weather fair but not promising.
A good run down through Oxford, Iffley and Sandford. Radley was soon astern and on reaching Abingdon it seemed prudent to fuel-up before embarking on this long excursion.
Aviva negotiated the sailing dinghies downstream of the fuel stop and we were soon entering the narrow Culham Reach before the lock.
On a bright, sunny and warm Friday, three of us took our overnight kits and headed upstream. Girls had a lot of homework and revision, so the skipper was left at the helm for most of the day.